Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building

OL-ECB TIG Week: Must We Call It ‘Evaluation’? – How ‘M&E’ Language Can be a Barrier to Institutionalising Learning by Barbara Klugman

Hello, I am Barbara Klugman (PhD), based in South Africa, once an anti-apartheid and women’s rights activist, now providing freelance strategy and evaluation supports for social justice funders, networks and NGOs.

I work with groups engaged in organising and advocating for social or environmental justice. In this process, I have come to realise that sometimes just the term ‘evaluation’ is enough to undermine the possibility of them initiating or further institutionalizing their information gathering, reflection, learning and adaptation processes. Their experience of ‘M&E’ is the requirement created by their funders that they name, in advance, what they will do and what they will influence. This might work alright for a group running an already-established service, but it is entirely guesswork and inappropriate for groups whose effectiveness requires them to shift both protest and advocacy strategies as the broader public and political discourse shifts, and as windows of opportunity for influence open and then close. Whatever they plan, they may need to shift.

OL-ECB TIG Week: Top 10 Considerations for Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations (1/2) by Scott Chaplowe

We are closing out the OL-ECB TIG week by bringing back a blog with evergreen content that was so popular the first time around that we needed to give it another day in the sun. You can view part 2 of this original post here. We hope you enjoy. My name is Scott Chaplowe and …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Value of a Peer Network for Evaluation Staff at Nonprofit Organizations by Shenandoah Gale and Andrea Scallon

Hello! We are Shenandoah Gale, Director of Evaluation & Learning at N Street Village and Andrea Scallon, Director of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning at Miriam’s Kitchen. We serve on the Advisory Council of Measure4Change (M4C) and wanted to share this Rad Resource that increases our capacity in the hopes that you can find ways to …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Not All Learning is Created Equal: How to be More Intentional in our Efforts to Engage in Transformative Learning by Elizabeth McGee

Evaluation without learning is akin to dutifully planting and watering a garden-to-be, without staying to reap the benefits of its harvest. My name is Elizabeth McGee (she/her), I am the Founder and Senior Consultant at LEAP Consulting. Throughout my evaluation career, I have witnessed learning efforts fall short because of the tendency to see learning …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Must We Call It ‘Evaluation’? – How ‘M&E’ Language Can be a Barrier to Institutionalising Learning by Barbara Klugman

Hello, I am Barbara Klugman (PhD), based in South Africa, once an anti-apartheid and women’s rights activist, now providing freelance strategy and evaluation supports for social justice funders, networks and NGOs. I work with groups engaged in organising and advocating for social or environmental justice. In this process, I have come to realise that sometimes …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Strengthening Evaluation Capacity in Public Health: Tools from the CDC by Leslie Fierro, Heather Codd, and Ann Marie Castleman

Hello! We are Leslie Fierro, Heather Codd, and Ann Marie Castleman. Over the past several years we have engaged in scholarship and on-the-ground activities to help strengthen the capacity of individuals, teams, and organizations to plan, commission, and implement high-quality evaluations. One discipline that is heavily involved in evaluation is public health. Public health professionals …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: Want to Be a Better Evaluator? Watch TV by JoAnna Hillman

I’m JoAnna Hillman, Director of the Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement with Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance. As an evaluator, I see evaluation in EVERYTHING. EVERYDAY. At times, I feel a little like Michael Constantine’s character, Gus Portokalos, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when he repeatedly says “Give …

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OL-ECB TIG Week: The Importance of Evaluation Champions in Evaluation Capacity Building by Joy Kubarek and Brian Johnson

Greetings! We’re Joy Kubarek and Brian Johnson, Co-founders of Inform Evaluation & Research. Much of our work focuses on building evaluation capacity within informal science and conservation organizations. In recent years, we’ve seen increasing demand for evaluation capacity building (ECB), but organizations don’t always know when they are ready for an ECB initiative or the …

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Top 10 Considerations for Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations (2/2) by Scott Chaplowe

My name is Scott Chaplowe and I currently work as the Director of Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation for climate at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). As an evaluation professional, much of my work is not simply doing evaluation, but building the capacity of others to practice, manage, support and/or use evaluation. Hot Tips: Beyond …

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Top 10 Considerations for Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations (1/2) by Scott Chaplowe

My name is Scott Chaplowe and I currently work as the Director of Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation for climate at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). As an evaluation professional, much of my work is not simply doing evaluation, but building the capacity of others to practice, manage, support and/or use evaluation. I’ve discovered I …

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