Community Development

CD TIG Week: Lessons Learned regarding In-House Research, Evaluation and Learning by Catherine Dun Rappaport

Hi.  My name is Catherine Dun Rappaport.  I am the Vice President of Learning and Impact Measurement at BlueHub Capital.  BlueHub is a national, nonprofit, community development financial institution (CDFI) dedicated to building healthy communities where low-income people live and work.  I used to work in applied evaluation and learning at United Way of Mass …

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CD TIG Week: Evaluation in Partnership with Communities by Audrey Jordan and Tom Kelly

We are Audrey Jordan (evaluation consultant and executive life coach in Southern California at  audreyjordan2012@gmail.com) and Tom Kelly (VP Knowledge, Evaluation & Learning at Hawai‘i Community Foundation at tkelly@hcf-hawaii.org) and we used to work together helping create local learning partnerships of evaluators and community residents in cities across the US as part of a 10-year, …

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CD TIG Week: Evaluation as Tool to Prioritize Community in Community Economic Development Projects by Roman Katsnelson

Hi, I am Roman Katsnelson of KRD Consulting Group in Calgary, Canada. We provide organizational development supports to social good organizations across Canada and the US. As part of our work, we use evaluation practice and evaluation capacity building to amplify collective learning and augment collective efficacy. Why does the work of neighbourhood development and …

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CD TIG Week: Using Evaluation to Guide Foundations on Community Development By Douglas Easterling

I’m Doug Easterling, Ph.D, a faculty member at Wake Forest School of Medicine. For the past 27 years I’ve been immersed in and fascinated by the work that foundations do to promote community-building and community-based problem-solving. I was the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Colorado Trust when the foundation experimented with approaches like …

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CD TIG Week: Lesson Learned from Foundation, Multi-site, and Community-based Organization Evaluation by Tom David

Hi AEA Members! I’m Tom David and I’ve been working in and around “organized” philanthropy for 30 years.   About ten years ago I was asked to advise a large foundation on how to think about evaluating a planned 10-year multi-site, “place-based” initiative. As talking points for a conversation with them, I jotted down the following …

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CD TIG Week: On the Meaning of Change in the Evaluation of Community Change Initiatives by David Chavis

Greetings! I am David Chavis. My path as a student of community change started as a direct action community organizer, and included community development corporation directorships, strategist for organizing thousands of block associations in New York City, professor, evaluator, trainer, consultant, and CEO.  I would like to share what I believe are among the most …

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