Sara Vaca

Evaluation Conferences: To Go or Not To Go, That Is The Question by Sara Vaca

Hi, I’m Sara Vaca, independent consultant and AEA365 frequent contributor, sharing another nugget about my adventures of being an evaluator. Deadlines for presenting proposals for two major evaluation conferences this year –AEA’s Evaluation 2020 and the European Evaluation Society (EES) 2020 Conference — approach, and as every year by this time, I’m in a sea …

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Realizing The Diversity Of My 2019 Evaluation-Related Assignments by Sara Vaca

Happy last days of the year! My name is Sara Vaca, frequent Saturday contributor to this blog, and looking back at 2019 I’ve again realized how amazing my job as independent consultant can be – and how diverse my assignments have been this year! Lesson Learned 1: Since I became a consultant in 2013, every …

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Conclusions On Evaluators’ Reading Speed by Sara Vaca

Hi AEA365 readers! I am Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor to this blog and while many of you will be coming back from AEA2019 (lucky you!), here I come with the results of the short-experiment-post of last month, where I collected data about evaluators’ reading speed. First of all, thanks for the …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluators: You’re Invited To The Social Impact Party! by Jane Reisman and Leah Goldstein Moses

Hello! We’re Jane Reisman, Social Impact Advisor and Founder and Senior Advisor of ORS Impact, a measurement, evaluation and strategy firm, and Leah Goldstein Moses, Founder & CEO of The Improve Group, a social enterprise and evaluation, research, and strategic planning consulting firm. We have been active in AEA’s Social Impact Measurement TIG, so we’ve …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluation And Impact Investing: Webinar Series Explores Using Evaluative Thinking in Social Finance And Impact Investing by John Sherman

I’m John Sherman, co-founder and senior managing director of pfc social impact advisors and incoming program co-chair of the Social Impact Measurement TIG. pfc helps the social impact field—investors, philanthropists, and social change agents—do good, better. Rad Resource: Aware of the tremendous opportunity for evaluators to engage impact investors, the AEA SIM TIG launched a …

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SIM TIG Week: Listening To Each Other: Achieving Impact Through The Private Sector In Emerging Markets by Debby Nixon Williams, Alyna Wyatt and Alisee de Tonnac

We are Debby Nixon Williams and Alyna Wyatt (Social Impact Measurement specialists at economics-based consulting firm Genesis Analytics) and Alisee de Tonnac, of Seedstars Global, an Impact Investor and business incubator supporting high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging economies. Over the last few months, we have been working together to develop a Theory of Change, corresponding indicators, …

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SIM TIG Week: Integrating Impact Management Into The Private Equity Lifecycle by Gwendolyn Zorn

Hi – I’m Gwendolyn Zorn, Head of Impact at Phatisa, a sector-specific African private equity fund manager located in and operating across sub-Saharan Africa. Phatisa has three funds under management, totaling more than $400 million, focused on food and affordable housing. When I joined Phatisa in 2017, the firm had a somewhat fundamental understanding of …

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SIM TIG Week: Grantmakers, Grantees and Evaluators Learning Together by Jill Lipski and John Fetzer

Hi, we’re Jill Lipski Cain of The Improve Group and John Fetzer of Northwest Area Foundation. We recently collaborated on an evaluation of the Foundation’s Social Enterprise Initiative, which funded nonprofit social enterprises (NSEs). The evaluation explored 1) the impact of the enterprises for individuals and communities; 2) what it takes for the enterprises to …

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SIM TIG Week: Bridging, Translating and Welcoming Non-evaluators Into AEA, By The Leaders Of The SIM TIG

Hi! We are Courtney Bolinson, Ben Fowler, Leah Goldstein Moses, Sara S. McGarraugh, Jane Reisman, John Sherman and Alyna Wyatt. We are the current leadership team of the Social Impact Measurement TIG, which launched in 2016 to explore ways to bring together evaluation, impact measurement, impact investing and social enterprises. We believe that evaluators have …

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Reading Speed And Evaluation by Sara Vaca

Hi AEA365 readers! I am Sara Vaca, independent consultant and frequent Saturday contributor to this blog, and I am coming today with a short-experiment-post, aiming to collect data (about evaluators’ reading speed) and come back to you with the results. It all started some days ago when I was finally reading Kylie Hutchinson’s book A …

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