Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

Sue Hoechstetter on Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing

Hello, my name is Sue Hoechstetter and I work at Alliance for Justice developing advocacy and community organizing capacity assessment and evaluation resources. Alliance for Justice’s mission includes encouraging individuals and communities to bring their voices to the policy table through foundation and other nonprofit advocacy. Rad Resource: In response to grantmakers’ requests for materials …

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WMU Scribing: Stacy French on the Intersection of Strategy and Evaluation

My name is Stacy French and I am a doctoral student at Western Michigan University. I served as a session scribe at Evaluation 2010 and attended session 124, The Intersection of Strategy and Evaluation: What Are We Learning? I chose this session because of my interest in business strategy and how it interacted with evaluation. …

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Frances Carter on Evaluating the Race Matters Toolkit and Resources for Student Evaluators

I am Frances Carter, a Public Policy PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. As a member of AEA’s 2009-2010 cohort of GEDIs (pronounced JEDI; acronym for Graduate Education and Diversity Internship), I developed an evaluation plan for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race Matter’s Toolkit. The Race Matters Toolkit (RMT) was designed …

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Scribing: Summer Jackson on Insights Into Foundation Evaluation

My name is Summer N. Jackson and I am an Associate at jdcPartnerships in California. jdcPartnerships is a minority woman-owned consulting firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area that work in the social, philanthropic and public sectors. We partner with our clients to build their adaptive, strategic and leadership capacity through assessment and evaluation, …

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Stanley Capela & Ariana Brooks on Planting a Seed to Overcome Resistance to Evaluation

Our names are Stanley Capela, the Vice President for Quality Management, and Ariana Brooks, Director of Evaluation, Planning and Research at HeartShare Human Services. Over the past several years we have had the pleasure of evaluating programs in the non-profit sector as internal evaluators and have participated on various committees that include non-profit and government …

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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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