Internal Evaluation

Navigating Organizational Politics and Paving the Way for Real Organizational Change by Cynthia Cortez

I’m Cynthia Cortez, current Director of Evaluation and Learning at Bresee Foundation, a multi-service non-profit focused on battling poverty. My experience in promoting organizational improvement as an internal evaluator has taught me something very important: recognize how politics mediates improvement. Politics. Yes, I know it can be triggering. Yet, it’s always present and as a professor used …

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IE TIG Week: Building a Learning Culture via Communities of Practice by Molly Chen and Sarah Frazer

Greetings! We are Molly Chen, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Specialist from the International Development Group’s Global Health Division and Sarah Frazer, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist from the Governance and Economic Development division at RTI International, an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial …

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IE TIG Week: Using Evaluation of Service Geography for Organizational Improvement by Matan BenYishay and Allison Guarino

Hello! We are Matan BenYishay, Program Evaluation Manager, and Allison Guarino, Quality Improvement Coordinator, at AIDS Action Committee, the public health division of Fenway Health in Boston. We are sharing a lesson from our low-threshold Drug-User Health Program called Access. Among other services, this program trains and distributes Naloxone to People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) …

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IE TIG Week: You’re Invited! How Data Parties Contribute to a Culture of Participation in Internal Evaluation Activities by Omoshalewa Bamkole

Hi! I’m Omoshalewa Bamkole, an Evaluation Fellow in the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I recently worked with colleagues to host a data party for internal stakeholders for the first time! What’s a data party? …

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IE TIG Week: Combining Evaluation with Process Improvement for Organizational Improvement by Jessica Cargill

Hi, I’m Jessica Cargill, Program Director for Evaluation for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M University. In my role, I provide leadership for the evaluation of programs, our strategic plan, and organizational effectiveness initiatives. Prior to my current position, I worked in a medium-sized healthcare system leading process improvement projects. As a …

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IE TIG Week: The case for Developmental Evaluation Frameworks by Lauren Bloem

My name is Lauren Bloem, Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation for AchieveMpls. We provide comprehensive services for Minneapolis youth focused on career and college readiness, in partnership with the Minneapolis Public School District and the City of Minneapolis. Framing internal evaluation as a learning opportunity and not only an accountability task can be a challenge. …

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IE TIG Week: Empowering Staff with the Tools to Improve Their Programs by Ali Holstein

Welcome to Internal Evaluation Week, hosted by the Internal Evaluation TIG! This week’s blogs focus on the theme of improvement: as internal evaluators, how are we ensuring that insights are being used to inform program and organizational improvement? Topics include improvement science, communities of practice, and participatory data interpretation. Hi, my name is Ali Holstein …

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Cultivating Program Staff’s Inner Action Hero: Participatory Strategies that Promote Evaluation Use by Christy Metzler

Hello!  I’m Christy Metzler, Director, Program Evaluation for NeighborWorks America®, a Congressionally chartered community development intermediary.  As an internal evaluator, I often work closely with program staff to generate actionable learning about our programs and services.  I find that more meaningful participation of the program staff throughout the evaluation process promotes richer strategic conversations, yields …

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Giving Power to Paperless Solutions by Elaine Donato, Maria Jimenez and Samantha Moreno

Hello! We are Elaine Donato, Maria Jimenez (Internal Evaluators), and Samantha Moreno (Research Assistant) from the Evaluation Department at Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles (VOALA), a large non-profit organization with over 70 human services programs, whose mission is to enrich the lives of those in need.  We have pursued the recent eco-conscious trend to …

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Internal Eval week: Building relationships through customizing templates by Rebekah Sobel and Dana Burns

We are Rebekah Sobel, Manager, Planning & Evaluation, and Dana Burns, Data Analyst, in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Office of Planning. The Museum is a dynamic institution with a bold and ambitious strategic plan. We are a small unit responsible for leading and strengthening the Museum’s annual and long-term planning, evaluation, and monitoring …

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