Sara Vaca

SIM TIG Week: Bridging evaluation and impact measurement and management, by Sara McGarraugh, Leah Goldstein Moses and Ben Fowler

Hi everyone! We are Sara McGarraugh and Leah Goldstein Moses from The Improve Group, and Ben Fowler from MarketShare Associates. As evaluators that work with mission-driven organizations, we’re excited to talk about how evaluation and impact measurement and management intersect. Leason Learned: Both require gathering data within real-time constraints. The Improve Group is an evaluation …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluator Engagement in the Evolution of Social Impact Measurement by Jane Reisman and Alyna Wyatt

Hi! We are Jane Reisman, Chair and Alyna Wyatt, Program Chair, Social Impact Measurement TIG. As impact investing and other market solutions for addressing global goals have been evolving, so have approaches to social impact measurement. Evaluators have been increasingly engaged in efforts to create bridges between the evaluation and impact investing communities and these …

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Promoting Critical Thinking with the Six Thinking Hats applied to Evaluation by Sara Vaca

Hey! I’m Sara Vaca, independent evaluator and part of the AEA365 team, eventual Saturday contributor. Some time ago, I ran into this framework for critical thinking and I thought it was interesting for evaluators. Rad Resource: The Six Thinking Hats is a system designed by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion …

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Latin American Perspectives on the VOPE Toolkit by Gunter Rochow and Josette Arévalo

AEA365 Curator note: Please enjoy this article, part of a 5-part miniseries on VOPEs – Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation. We, Gunter Rochow (coordinator, located in Canada), and Josette Arévalo (collaborator, located in Ecuador) are in the process of finalizing the Spanish version of the VOPE Toolkit (https://vopetoolkit.ioce.net/es) in collaboration with two other Spanish-speaking evaluators (Jennifer …

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How VOPEs Support EvalAgenda2020 by Jennifer Bisgard

AEA365 Curator note: Please enjoy this article, part of a 5-part miniseries on VOPEs – Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation. Hello everyone. I am Jennifer Bisgard, an evaluator based in South Africa.  Over the last 25 years as an evaluator, I have been very involved in VOPEs.  This includes my role as the founding chair of …

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Evaluating in French: the “Réseau Francophone de l’évaluation” by Benoît Gauthier

AEA365 Curator note: Please enjoy this article, part of a 5-part miniseries on VOPEs – Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation. Good day, evaluation colleagues. I am Benoît Gauthier, credentialed evaluator. I am based in Quebec, Canada, where I have practiced evaluation for three decades. I have been and remain involved in the associative life of the …

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How Can You Help to Establish, Institutionalize, and Grow a VOPE? by Benita Williams

AEA365 Curator note: Please enjoy this article, part of a 5-part miniseries on VOPEs – Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation. Dagsê, Sanibonani, Mhoroi! My name is Benita Williams and I work as an evaluation consultant in Southern Africa. I mostly evaluate education, leadership development and ICT4D interventions. I’m a former AfrEA board member and a founding …

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What Are VOPEs? And How Do They Relate To Us As Evaluators? by Jim Rugh

AEA365 Curator note: Please enjoy this article, part of a 5-part miniseries on VOPEs – Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation. Greetings, fellow evaluators.  I’m Jim Rugh, member of AEA since the merger in 1986; now retired after an active career involved in evaluation at international levels.  That included being the AEA Representative to the IOCE (International …

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Conducting Evaluations and Writing Reports: Same Object, Two Different Realms by Sara Vaca

Hi, I’m Sara Vaca, independent evaluator working in international development evaluation, helping Sheila curate this blog and being a Saturday contributor, and I want to share with you a short reflection on something that is bugging me lately. Conducting an evaluation is a process: a rich, participatory, multi-partner, multidimensional process, that has to be later …

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Six Conditions that Increase the Likelihood and Effectiveness of Evaluators Speaking Truth to Power by Barbara Klugman

Hi, I’m Barbara Klugman. I offer strategy support and conduct evaluations with social justice funders and NGOs in South Africa and internationally. I practice utilization-focused evaluation, frequently using mixed methods including outcomes harvesting and social network analysis (SNA). My own history spans social activism, directing NGOs and both working for and being on boards of …

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