As the educational planning arm of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the JEC facilitates the community’s strategic planning for education. The Planning and Evaluation department identifies needs, gaps, and successes in the community’s education arena. Through a focus on evaluation, the department ensures program accountability. In addition, JEC provides strategic planning and evaluation consultation to educational institutions in the community.
The JEC Strategic Plan serves as the central “blueprint for action” for the agency’s work and direction. The plan focuses on three strategic goals:
As a learning community dedicated to reflective practice and collaborative learning, the JEC has created a culture that values ongoing evaluation as a regular part of the work of the agency.
The JEC’s approach to evaluation is based upon the following key concepts:
The JEC model of evaluation includes both external and internal evaluation. In evaluating all new initiatives, the JEC uses the evaluation process to inform decision-making, helping to assess whether to scale back, modify, or expand these programs.