Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

Helping Nonprofits Use Data to Learn by Chari Smith, President, Evaluation into Action by Chari Smith

Hi, I’m Chari Smith with Evaluation into Action. I work with a range of nonprofits and foundations in the Northwest area. Evaluation is a learning opportunity. Nonprofits need help to set up their organizations so that they can integrate program evaluation into their daily activities. It is a critical piece to ensure they can do …

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¡Milwaukee Evaluation! Week: Capacity building around evaluation practices for non-profits by Dawn Helmrich

Hello! I am Dawn Helmrich, Director of Research and Evaluation at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. I work with over 100 nonprofit programs in a four county area around program evaluation. I train nonprofit organizations on how to create and implement logic models, how to design evaluation plans and what outcomes measures …

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NPF TIG Week: Lead with Learning by Kelci Price

Hi! I’m Kelci Price, Senior Director of Learning & Evaluation at the Colorado Health Foundation. I used to think learning was an event that happened when evaluation results were ready, but I’ve come to realize that learning is actually at the core of good strategy, and it’s the critical link to whether evaluation actually gets …

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NPF TIG Week: Making Values Part of a Foundation’s Evaluation Process by Kelly Hannum, Jara Dean-Coffey & Jill Casey

Greetings! We are Kelly Hannum, Jara Dean-Coffey, and Jill Casey and as part of the Luminare Group we offer strategy and evaluation services and we regularly work with foundations. Evaluation is part of the work to advance the aims of foundations. Ideally evaluation is part of and flows from a foundation’s strategy. Evaluation provides the …

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NPF TIG Week: When Logic Models Alone Just Won’t Do—Use a Conceptual Framework! by Kristina Jamal and Jacqueline Singh

Greetings, we are Kristina Jamal and Jacqueline Singh. In addition to being NPFTIG members, we serve on the PDTIG leadership team. Kristina is founder of Open Hearts Helping Hands (OH3), a nonprofit that collaborates with student-focused organizations and community members. Jacqueline is an evaluation/program design advisor and founder of Qualitative Advantage, LLC. We started working together …

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NPF TIG Week: Measured Impact: Ways Evaluators Can Work with Foundations to Create a Solid Evaluation Framework by Shanesha Brooks-Tatum

My name is Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, Vice President of Creative Research Solutions and I have worked with foundations such as the United Nations Foundation and UNCF.  In my work with foundations, I have found that many struggle with ways to create a more solid internal evaluation framework, especially with regards to shifts in internal leadership. Today, …

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NPF TIG Week: Essential Elements for Fostering Learning by Julie Slay and Marissa Guerrero  

Hi, we are Julie Slay and Marissa Guerrero, and we specialize in evaluation and learning at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm that helps donors and impact investors be more strategic and effective. Many of our clients come to us to learn from their grant making and to share those lessons throughout their organization and …

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NPF TIG Week: Foundations Can (and Should) Learn from Grantees by Cheryl Milloy

I’m Cheryl Milloy, Associate Director of Evaluation at Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. We believe no family should live in poverty and that those who experience poverty know best what the solutions are. We provide consistent, significant, long-term general operating support grants to community-based organizations to work together across issues, regions, race and ethnicity, and …

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Building a Better Nonprofit Evaluation Ecosystem – 7 Recommendations for Cultivating Evaluations that Work by Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Hi, we are Andrew Taylor from Taylor Newberry Consulting and Ben Liadsky from the Ontario Nonprofit Network. For the past couple of years we have been working to identify and address the systemic issues that impede useful evaluation in the nonprofit sector. We’ve shared part of our journey with AEA365 previously and now we want …

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DVR TIG Week: Veena Pankaj, Kat Athanasiades, Deborah Grodzicki, and Johanna Morariu on Data Visualization: From Sketchbook to Reality

Greetings fellow evaluators! We are Veena Pankaj, Kat Athanasiades, Deborah Grodzicki, and Johanna Morariu from Innovation Network. Communicating evaluation data effectively is important—it can enhance your stakeholders’ understanding of evaluative information and promote its use. Dataviz is an excellent way to communicate evaluation results in an engaging way! Today’s post provides a step-by-step guide to …

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