Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

ToE TIG Week: Tips for Teaching Evaluation to Non-profits by Kylie Hutchinson

Hello! I’m Kylie Hutchinson (also known as @EvaluationMaven), an independent evaluation consultant with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation. Not all teaching of evaluation occurs in the classroom. In fact, I suspect that the bulk of evaluation capacity-building happens during one-day trainings held in the boardrooms and staff rooms of many non-profits. Over the years I’ve …

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Using logic modeling to build understanding between foundations, grantees, and evaluators by Ranjani Paradise

My name is Ranjani Paradise, and I am the Assistant Director of Evaluation at the Institute for Community Health (ICH), a nonprofit consulting organization in Massachusetts. In recent years, ICH has worked with several foundations to design and carry out external evaluations for multi-site grant-making initiatives. With some of the initiatives we have evaluated, the …

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Perspectives on Building Interaction and Understanding between Nonprofits and Foundations by Ann Price, Susan Wolfe and Jenn Ballentine

Hi everyone. We are Ann Price (Community Evaluation Solutions), Susan Wolfe (Susan Wolfe and Associates) and Jenn Ballentine (Highland Nonprofit Consulting). We are independent evaluators and sometimes collaborate in our work with foundations and nonprofits. In this blog we want to discuss the natural and complex tension between nonprofits and funders. There is an inherent …

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NPF TIG Week: Building an Evaluation Ecosystem by Kellie Chavez-Greene and Steve Mumford

Hi there!  We are Kellie Chavez-Greene from the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), and Prof. Steve Mumford of the University of New Orleans.  We began collaborating while forming a regional AEA affiliate based in New Orleans, the Gulf Coast Evaluation Network (GCEval).  In this blog, we will discuss how GNOF supported the affiliate through a …

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NPF TIG Week: Honest Feedback Supports Power Sharing Between Nonprofits and Grantmakers by Lisa Ranghelli

I am Lisa Ranghelli, Senior Director of Evaluation and Learning at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. In my career committed to social justice, I have worn many hats—advocate, technical assistance provider, program director, researcher, evaluator, nonprofit grantseeker, and even volunteer grantmaker on the grants committee of my local women’s fund. I have seen from …

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NPF TIG Week: Thinking differently to measure creative risk by Madeline Brandt

I’m Madeline Brandt, a member of the research and evaluation team at Oregon Community Foundation. One of the initiatives we evaluate for the foundation is Creative Heights, which funds 10-15 arts organizations and artists each year to execute “creatively risky” projects. Because of the nature of these projects, we don’t measure success using indicators like …

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NPF TIG Week: The Teaching Case: A 360 Review for Evaluators and the Partners Who Love Them! by Mindelyn Anderson

Hello, I am Mindelyn Anderson, PhD, Founder + Principal of Mirror Group LLC, and Equitable Evaluation Initiative Teaching Case Facilitator.  In my evaluation consultant work, I am always on the hunt for learning and development activities and approaches to engage across funders, grantees, and communities. With that pursuit in mind, I find the Teaching Case …

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NPF TIG Week: Building Capacity and Trust: Lessons Learned from The Healing Trust’s Advocacy Grantmaking Practice by Meredith Benton and Shannon Williams

We are Meredith Benton, Senior Program Officer at The Healing Trust, a private foundation in Middle Tennessee, and Shannon Williams, Advocacy Evaluation Manager for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. Today, we want to share lessons we’ve learned through our experience using the Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) to foster interaction and understanding between …

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NPF TIG Week: How do funders use data? By Chari Smith

Welcome to the Nonprofits and Foundations TIG week! Hi, I’m Chari Smith with Evaluation into Action.  Along with and Michael Parkhurst, Program Officer with Meyer Memorial Trust Foundation, we did a cross-site evaluation of Meyer’s support for nine Manufactured Home Repair Programs across Oregon over a two-year period.  Our Year 1 Impact Summary report provided …

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BH TIG Week: To Publish or Not to Publish… by Elizabeth Oyer

My name is Dr. Elizabeth Oyer, and I am Vice President of Applied Research and Evaluation at Choices Coordinated Care Solutions. I am also the Program Chair for AEA’s Behavior Health Topical Interest Group, the sponsor of this week’s AEA 365 blog postings. Our focus this week is on evidence-based programs or practices (EBPs), advantages …

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