Sara Vaca

The difference between “Magic” (I mean, Logic) Models and Theories of Change by Sara Vaca

Dear AEA365 readers, hi! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor to this blog. I feel so lucky as I’m in the middle of a new assignment as facilitator to develop Theories of Change (ToCs): my first long ToC assignment was in 2017 for UNICEF Indonesia. And now I am working with the …

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Making Bibliography Sections More User-Friendly by Sara Vaca

Hi again! I’m Sara Vaca, independent evaluation consultant and one of the frequent contributors to Saturday posts in this blog. As a newbie in academic circles (I started writing 5 years ago, shortly after started evaluating), I am going to share my thoughts about bibliography sections, both as an author and as a reader. Basically, …

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My 8 Tips (To Myself) To Try To Make My Consultant Life (Physically and Mentally) Healthier by Sara Vaca

Greetings! I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor of this blog. Ever since I started my evaluation practice and became a consultant, my life has enormously change (I would say for good!) in comparison with the 10-year period when I used to work for organizations with a 9am-to-5pm office schedule. Those whose are …

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My Favorite Features In Powerpoint And Illustrator for Creating Visuals by Sara Vaca

Hi there! I’m Sara Vaca (frequent Saturday contributor to this blog), independent consultant, and I recently started working for ImpactMapper as the Evaluation and Client Success Manager. As many of you know, since 2011, rather than English, I use Data Visualization as my second language (my first language is text 😉 ). Early on, I …

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APC TIG Week: It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities by Kat Athanasiades

My name is Kat Athanasiades and I’m a Senior Associate with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI). We work to advance evaluation practice in areas that are challenging to assess, which tend to be areas of high complexity such as advocacy and policy change. Nonprofit advocates and funders doing advocacy work engage in a range of tactics such …

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APC TIG Week: Using Twitter to Track Narrative Change for Policy Advocacy Efforts by Laura Pryor & Heather Lewis-Charp

We are Heather Lewis-Charp and Laura Pryor, researchers at SPR, an evaluation firm located in Oakland, California. Within the advocacy field, framing is often key to winning in the court of public opinion. Phrases that capture the influence of complex issues on people’s lives have a powerful effect on how individuals and policy makers understand …

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APC TIG Week: The Political Context: Paradoxical Observations by Nicole Robinson

I’m Nicole Robinson, an evaluator of color living in Wisconsin. I will always remember where I was and what I was feeling on election night during the surprise win of Donald Trump. Furthest from my mind was evaluation even though I have been an evaluator for over ten years. His election changed the political context …

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APC TIG Week: Mitigating Advocacy Capacity Assessment Power Dynamics by Anne Gienapp and Sue Hoechstetter

Hi, we are Anne Gienapp, ORS Impact Director, and Sue Hoechstetter, Independent Advocacy Evaluation Specialist.  Along with evaluators Toyin Akpan, Carlisle Levine, Janet Sawaya, and Rhonda Schlangen, we came together at AEA last year to present on and discuss power dynamics that are often present and challenging when conducting advocacy capacity assessments. Our combined experiences …

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APC TIG Week: How To Evaluate Actions Aimed To Improve Advocacy Capacity by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. My practice focuses on evaluation of social justice advocacy. One of the challenges I frequently bump into is how to evaluate training done or conferences run in support of advocacy. Clients may have done a post-event survey indicating that participants gained new knowledge or met new people, both of which were …

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Advocacy and Policy Change TIG Week: Defensive Advocacy by Sarah Stachowiak and Joel Gutierrez

Hello AEA365ers! We’re Sarah Stachowiak, CEO and Joel Gutierrez, Consultant from ORS Impact in Seattle, WA. Since 1989, we have been partnering with advocates across the globe to help them think about, measure, and learn from their advocacy strategies and outcomes. Lessons Learned: Whether they call it “killing the bill”, “holding the line” or “just …

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