Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation

Myia Welsh and Johanna Morariu on Approaches to Supporting Evaluation Capacity Building

Hello! Our names are Myia Welsh and Johanna Morariu and we work for Innovation Network, an evaluation consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. We work with nonprofits and foundations to build evaluation capacity, and to support learning and evaluation of nonprofit advocacy, programs, and other services. Lesson Learned: Over the years we’ve provided evaluation capacity …

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Stan Capela on The Philosophical Evaluator

As an evaluator I am often confronted by questions that I often think about while taking the Staten Island Ferry at the end of the day. My name is Stan Capela and I am the VP for Quality Management and Corporate Compliance Officer for HeartShare Human Services. I am also the current AEA Government TIG …

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Ira Mahoud on Basic Evaluation Guides

Cheers! I am Ira Mahoud, a student, researcher, part-time evaluator, and occasional jazz musician. I have been on the lookout for basic guides to conducting evaluation – something shorter than a textbook but longer than an overview, that I could share with others who wanted to know the basics. Rad Resources: Here are five guides …

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Bernadette Sangalang on Developing or Improving Evaluation Efforts in Nonprofit Organizations

Hello, I am Bernadette Sangalang, Evaluation Director at San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), a nonprofit that aims to reduce new HIV infections through education, advocacy, and direct services. Prior to SFAF I was an evaluation officer at a large philanthropic organization. I’ve found that, to make evaluation more useful to nonprofits, it helps to start …

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Veena Pankaj and Myia Welsh on Participatory Analysis: Expanding Stakeholder Involvement in Evaluation

Greetings fellow evaluators!  Our names are Veena Pankaj and Myia Welsh and we work for Innovation Network, a Washington DC-based evaluation firm.   While Innovation Network has always used a participatory approach to evaluation, we recently came to the realization that much of the ‘participatory-ness’ of our evaluation projects was limited to evaluation planning and data …

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Antonio J. Castro on Program Evaluation: More than Just Numbers

Hello. I’m Antonio J. Castro, and I am an assistant professor in the Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I teach courses in qualitative research and have been project director and coordinator for a variety of grant-funded initiatives. Project directors are constantly tasked with trying to represent the quality of …

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Susan Kistler on 4 Must See/Hear Webcasts and Podcasts to Round Out Your Knowledge Base

I’m Susan Kistler, AEA’s Executive Director, and regular aea365 Saturday contributor. I was inspired by Dorian’s 4/28 post on 5 must-read blogs for those working in nonprofits, and thought I would share a few must see/hear webcasts and podcasts with which you may not be familiar. Rad Resource – Videos on Evaluation Methods from UNICEF: …

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Dorian Almont on 5 Must-Read Blogs for Those Working in Nonprofits and Foundations

Hello, I’m Dorian Almont and I am an independent consultant working primarily to develop measurement capacity with nonprofit community organizations. I’d like to share five blogs that I read, after I’m done reading aea365 of course, to keep up to date on issues in the nonprofit sector. Each regularly includes discussions and contributions focusing on …

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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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