What graduate program should I choose to get into the field of non-profit management and program evaluation? I'm considering the
(non-profit track). Will these work? What else should I be looking for?
I would like to transition to work in non-profits, specifically in evaluating the impact of development programs. I spend far too much time reading the papers posted on J-PAL at MIT
and looking at the Evaluation jobs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It seems to me that a significant amount of money flows into poverty prevention programs; I would like to help distributed it in ways that effectively help the targeted community. It's also appealing that really smart people are working on these problems in very interesting ways.
The programs I linked to above are exciting, but I don't know if they are the most appropriate for this career move. I'm also having trouble finding similar programs. I'm not particularly interested in working in government or policy (which many MPAs and similar seem to focus on). I am also considering an MBA because it is more versatile, but frankly, the list of electives at many programs bores me to tears.
My information: late 20s, BA/BS in English and engineering from an Ivy league school, several years of work experience (management consultant, sourcing analyst), currently working in research grant administration and evaluation at a non-US university, currently taking an econ class and really enjoying it.
1) If you work in evaluating programs for a non-profit or non-profit strategy, what is it like?
2) What (if any) masters degree would be best?
3) Can you recommend any programs or tell me anything about the ones above?