Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

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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Challenges of sharing truth through evaluation in the non-profit sector and strategies that are proven to work by Alicia McCoy

Hi everyone. My name is Alicia McCoy and I am the Head of Research and Evaluation at beyondblue, a national public health mental health organization in Australia. My perspective on what it means to share truth to those in power in the non-profit sector comes from a decade working as an internal evaluator and senior …

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NPF TIG Week: Speaking Truth to Power as an Internal Evaluator in the Non-Profit Space by Valerie Ehrlich

Hello! My name is Valerie Ehrlich and I serve as Secretary for RTP Evaluators in North Carolina, where we recently hosted Hazel Symonette, PhD, for our annual professional development workshop. That experience proved both timely and transformational in terms of helping me understand what equity-minded evaluation can look like in everyday practice. Dr. Symonette’s workshop …

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NPF TIG Week: How to build advocates’ evaluation capacity–start with the advocates! by Sue Hoechstetter

Hi, I’m Sue Hoechstetter, lead developer and keeper of advocacy capacity assessment tools at Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program.  I want to share with you about a new project to investigate and use advocates’ experiences to help evaluators, advocates, and funders better assess nonprofits’ efforts to “speak their truths” to policy decision-makers. In these …

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NPF TIG Week: Stakeholders Come First: Reflecting on Lessons Learned from Prioritizing Truth in Evaluations by Jessica Robles, Nitya Venkateswaran, and Jay Feldman

Hello! We are Jessica Robles, Nitya Venkateswaran, and Jay Feldman from RTI International’s Center for Evaluation and the Study of Educational Equity. Our team was excited to see that AEA was soliciting blog posts about the challenges of sharing truth through evaluation in the nonprofit sector, as it would give us an opportunity to reflect …

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