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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NPF TIG Week: Building Capacity and Trust: Lessons Learned from The Healing Trust’s Advocacy Grantmaking Practice by Meredith Benton and Shannon Williams

We are Meredith Benton, Senior Program Officer at The Healing Trust, a private foundation in Middle Tennessee, and Shannon Williams, Advocacy Evaluation Manager for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. Today, we want to share lessons we’ve learned through our experience using the Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) to foster interaction and understanding between …

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NPF TIG Week: How do funders use data? By Chari Smith

Welcome to the Nonprofits and Foundations TIG week! Hi, I’m Chari Smith with Evaluation into Action.  Along with and Michael Parkhurst, Program Officer with Meyer Memorial Trust Foundation, we did a cross-site evaluation of Meyer’s support for nine Manufactured Home Repair Programs across Oregon over a two-year period.  Our Year 1 Impact Summary report provided …

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R Week: Using R to Create and Update Reports by Dana Wanzer

Hi! I’m Dana Wanzer, assistant professor of psychology in evaluation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and avid #EvalTwitter user!  My last “a-ha!” moment using R, and the one that has solidified that I am never going back to my previous statistical software, was when I realized how quickly and easily I could create reports.  Have …

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R Week: How We Moved Our Entire Team to R by Ava Elliott

Hi, I’m Ava Elliott, Senior Research Assistant at Public Profit, an evaluation and strategy consulting firm located in Oakland, California. Last year, we decided to hang up our SPSS hat and take the leap to R. It was not an easy decision to make. Being consultants, we need to be able to work quickly and …

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R Week: Process Analysis: Determining Where to Begin with R by Tom McKlin

Hi, I’m Tom McKlin, Executive Director of The Findings Group. We have been transitioning our data analyses and visualizations to R for the past couple of years. The question I faced (and still face) when making this transition was, how can we best apply R to either improve our efficiency, accuracy, or communication of complex …

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