Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu on New Research: The State of Evaluation 2010

We are Ehren Reed and Johanna Morariu, Senior Associates of Innovation Network. We work with foundations and nonprofits to evaluate and learn from programs, projects, and advocacy endeavors. For more than fifteen years, Innovation Network has been an intermediary in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors—our mission is to build the evaluation capacity of people and …

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Lyn Paleo on Graphic-Based Reports and Graphics for Color-Impaired Readers

Hi, Lyn Paleo here, Evaluation Manager at First 5 Contra Costa (California), a small foundation funding services for children birth to five years and their families using California tobacco tax dollars. At First 5 Contra Costa, the days of 100+ page text-heavy reports are over.  Instead, we combine maps, graphs, and other visual formats with …

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Emily Hagstrom and Caroline Taggart on Site Visits

We are Emily Hagstrom and Caroline Taggart, and we are evaluators at Ciurczak & Company, Inc., a private evaluation firm in Buffalo, NY. We evaluate many after-school and other programs. As a component of our evaluations, we conduct multiple site visits each year. These site visits are an important tool for evaluation that leads to …

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NPF Week: Johanna Morariu and Debra Natenshon on Nonprofit Rating Systems

Hi!  We are Johanna Morariu (from Innovation Network) and Debra Natenshon (from the Center for What Works).  Today we will be sharing some tips on non-profit rating systems. Efforts to use common measures to assess and compare nonprofit performance have multiplied. Interest in comparing nonprofit performance is in a dramatic upswing, and new approaches seem …

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NPF Week: Bickel, Iriti & Meredith on a Learning Protocol for Learning From Grantmaking

Hello. We are Bill Bickel, Jennifer Iriti, and Julie Meredith. We make up the optimistically named Evaluation for Learning Project (EFL) at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. We are writing to share a recent experience we had working with a small, regional foundation interested in learning more from its grant making …

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NPF Week: Sandi Adams on Models for System Change

My name is Sandi Adams, and I am the Program Associate in Evaluation and Planning at the William Penn Foundation. The William Penn Foundation is a regional foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature …

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NPF Week: Helen Davis Picher on Program Plans

My name is Helen Davis Picher, and I am the Director of Evaluation and Planning at the William Penn Foundation. The William Penn Foundation is a regional foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature …

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NPF Week: Najah Callander on Enhancing Evaluation in a Non-Profit

My name is Najah Callander and I am a Manager in Community Investment at the United Way of Greater Houston (UWGH). The mission of UWGH is to help children and youth reach their full potential, create strong families and safe neighborhoods and help them thrive, keep seniors independent and living in their homes, and support …

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NPF Week: Charles Gasper on Getting Involved in the NPF TIG

Hello! My name is Charles Gasper and I am the Director of Evaluation for the Missouri Foundation for Health.  I am also co-chair for the Non-Profit and Foundations TIG.  I am pleased to announce that this week the AEA365 blog will be focusing on specific issues on evaluation in support of funders and non-profits. Hot …

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Emily Warn on Using Online Tools to Measure Outcomes for Not-For-Profit Organizations

My name is Emily Warn and I’m a senior partner at SocialQuarry, a social media consulting group that plans and analyzes online networks and social media for non-profits, foundations, and public agencies.  Today I’m going to be sharing a hot tip about using social media in evaluations. This past week Facebook surpassed Google in US …

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