Internal Evaluation

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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Internal Eval Week: Four ways you can help your organizations use evaluation data effectively to make strategic decisions by Roxana Salehi

Greetings from Toronto! My name is Roxana Salehi and I am the principal consultant at Vitus Consulting and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children.  Today I will share with you four ways you can help your organizations use evaluation data to make strategic decisions. Lesson Learned 1: …

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Internal Eval Week: Making data meaningful to non-data people by Ana Flores and Joshua Paul

We are Ana Flores and Joshua Paul at Volunteers of America – Los Angeles. At the AEA Evaluation 2016 conference, we presented a panel entitled “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…But Will They Use It?”. Today, we want to provide additional information regarding how to make data more user-friendly. The Evaluation Department at Volunteers …

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Internal Eval Week: Using Data Placemats to facilitate Learning Conversations in Nonprofit Settings by Laura Beals and Barbara Perry

Hi! We are Laura Beals, Director, and Barbara Perry, Evaluation Manager, of the Department of Evaluation and Learning at Jewish Family and Children’s Service Boston, a multi-service nonprofit in Massachusetts. At Eval 2015, we learned about “Data Placemats” from Veena Pankaj of the Innovation Network. Recently, we held several placemat-focused “Learning Conversations” with one of …

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Internal Eval Week: Communication and its role in the internal evaluation process by Stanley Capela

My name is Stanley Capela and I am the Vice President for Quality Management and Corporate Compliance Officer at HeartShare Human Services of New York. I have been an internal evaluator for 38 years in the non-profit sector and have reviewed more than 115 organizations in 35 states and four countries as a Peer Reviewer …

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