YFE TIG Week: Assessing Social and Emotional Skills by Amy Hardeman

Greetings AEA365 readers! I am Amy Hardeman Zangari, Director of Content & Learning at the International Youth Foundation. Last month, I attended my first-ever AEA conference and had the opportunity to co-present a think tank session, Measuring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Youth Learners: Which Assessment Approach is Best?, with my IYF colleague, Pia Saunders …

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YFE TIG Week: Climbing Hart’s ladder: Methods for engaging youth in evaluation and decision-making by Cara Karter

Hello, I’m Cara Karter, a youth-focused evaluator at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. If you attended the Eval2019 poster session, you may have had the chance to chat with me about this topic. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, now is your chance! What is youth engagement? Youth engagement is …

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YFE TIG Week: Dipping your toes into youth focused evaluation by Lizzie Esposito

Hello! My name is Lizzie Esposito and I am working with Courageous heARTS, a youth-led nonprofit art studio in the heart of south Minneapolis. I am serving with heARTS for one year as an Americorps promise fellow, and have the opportunity to have many new experiences in the world of youth work, nonprofits and education. Daily, …

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YFE TIG Week: The Youth Opportunity Initiative by Elizabeth Kim

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Kim, Manager of Measurement, Evaluation, Research, and Learning at the International Youth Foundation (IYF). One of IYF’s strategic objectives is to increase economic opportunity for youth by bridging connections among learning systems, communities, and employers, and creating pathways to self-employment or career opportunities. The Youth Opportunity Initiative is one of …

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YFE TIG Week: Elevating Youth Focused Evaluation by Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt

Hi, we’re Christen Pentek and Ross Velure Roholt, Site Visit Coordinator and incoming Chair for the Youth Focused Evaluation Topical Interest Group (YFE TIG). Over the last decade, youth-led and youth participatory evaluation has become mainstream. Now, funding organizations often require youth voice in the design of youth programs and in their evaluation. This year …

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Lean Data in Action by Elizabeth DiLuzio, Christa Perfit, and Nate Mandel

Hi AEA! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio, AEA365 curator and Manager of Evaluation + Strategy at Good Shepherd Services. I’m back to follow up on my November 2nd post about lean data. Today I’ll be interviewing two rockstars in the field of evaluation – Christa Perfit, Senior Manager of Monitoring + Evaluation at City Harvest (CH), and …

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NPF TIG Week: Building an Evaluation Ecosystem by Kellie Chavez-Greene and Steve Mumford

Hi there!  We are Kellie Chavez-Greene from the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), and Prof. Steve Mumford of the University of New Orleans.  We began collaborating while forming a regional AEA affiliate based in New Orleans, the Gulf Coast Evaluation Network (GCEval).  In this blog, we will discuss how GNOF supported the affiliate through a …

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NPF TIG Week: Honest Feedback Supports Power Sharing Between Nonprofits and Grantmakers by Lisa Ranghelli

I am Lisa Ranghelli, Senior Director of Evaluation and Learning at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. In my career committed to social justice, I have worn many hats—advocate, technical assistance provider, program director, researcher, evaluator, nonprofit grantseeker, and even volunteer grantmaker on the grants committee of my local women’s fund. I have seen from …

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NPF TIG Week: Thinking differently to measure creative risk by Madeline Brandt

I’m Madeline Brandt, a member of the research and evaluation team at Oregon Community Foundation. One of the initiatives we evaluate for the foundation is Creative Heights, which funds 10-15 arts organizations and artists each year to execute “creatively risky” projects. Because of the nature of these projects, we don’t measure success using indicators like …

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NPF TIG Week: The Teaching Case: A 360 Review for Evaluators and the Partners Who Love Them! by Mindelyn Anderson

Hello, I am Mindelyn Anderson, PhD, Founder + Principal of Mirror Group LLC, and Equitable Evaluation Initiative Teaching Case Facilitator.  In my evaluation consultant work, I am always on the hunt for learning and development activities and approaches to engage across funders, grantees, and communities. With that pursuit in mind, I find the Teaching Case …

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