Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

NPF TIG Week: Setting Partnership Expectations Between Nonprofits and Foundations by John Byrnes

Hi, I’m John Byrnes, Principal at Community Services Analysis, LLC. Application requirements for foundation funding typically are looking for qualitative information on the proposed efforts and results. In many cases, the foundation also requires quantitative information on the nonprofit’s condition and experience to ensure they have sufficient resources available to perform the effort to completion. …

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NPF TIG Week: Achieving unity: Building and using shared measures across funders and non-profits by Allison Meserve, Rochelle Zorzi & Liz Martin

Hi! We are Allison Meserve (Prosper Canada), Rochelle Zorzi and Liz Martin (Cathexis Consulting). In this post, we highlight the process we used to co-develop shared indicators for six organizations involved in a national project and what we’ve learned along the way. We hope this will be useful for your own funder-non-profit relationships! When Prosper …

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NPF TIG Week: How foundations can prioritize learning-centered reporting by Harry Daley and Carrie Tanasichuk

Hi there! We are Harry Daley, Director of Community Investment & Learning and Carrie Tanasichuk, Director of Impact Measurement & Evaluation at the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. While we both have worked predominately in the non-profit sector, Harry brings experience as a skilled facilitator and community developer and Carrie brings experience as an evaluator. …

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NPF TIG Week: Skills Evaluators Can Draw Upon to Strengthen Relationships between Funders and Nonprofits by Loraine Park

Hi! My name is Loraine Park and I am the Learning and Impact Manager at ECMC Foundation, a national funder focused on improving postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. Before joining ECMC Foundation, I worked at an evaluation consulting firm for over a decade. With my perspective as both an internal and external evaluator, …

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NPF TIG Week: Some Suggested Principles to Guide Nonprofits and Foundations to Collaborate Collaborating for Equity and Justice By Susan Wolfe and Ann Price

We are Susan Wolfe, of Susan Wolfe and Associates and Ann Price of Community Evaluation Solutions. Even before the pandemic, nonprofits and foundations were increasingly exploring ways to more towards more collaborative relations. Since the pandemic, the call for foundations to examine what types of social change initiatives they fund and who they fund is …

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NPF TIG Week: Looking Inside the Black Box: Increasing Transparency between Foundations and Nonprofits by Marcela Gutierrez

Hello, I am Marcela Gutierrez. As an independent consultant hired by foundations to build evaluation capacity of nonprofits, I know first-hand the efforts they make and the frustrating feeling of not receiving feedback or learning how their contributions inform their funders. I also know busy program officers struggle to perform the competing tasks of grantmaking …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Being a part of an AEA Topical Interest Group: Building Connections and Shared Learning by Chari Smith

Hi, I’m Chari Smith with Evaluation into Action in Portland, Oregon. I help nonprofits and foundations build realistic and meaningful program evaluation systems. I am pleased to kick off this week of AEA 365 posts from Oregon evaluators with a focus on professional development. Connecting with other program evaluators regularly is a source of professional …

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LaRED TIG Week: Building our culture of evaluation with high staff engagement–lessons learned from an internal (nonprofit) evaluation team by Alisha Garcia Flores, Vianney Leon, and Matthew Silva

(Spanish version) ?Buenos días! We are Alisha Garcia Flores, Vianney Leon, and Matthew Silva — representing an internal evaluation and data team at Enlace Chicago in the Little Village community, Chicago, Illinois.  Enlace Chicago is a community-based nonprofit that strives to build the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and social injustices. …

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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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