Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building

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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Korinne Chiu on Engaging Community Agencies in the Evaluation Process

My name is Korinne Chiu and I am a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have a great interest in how program evaluation can contribute to evidence-based policy-making. I have assisted with evaluations and grants at the local and state levels on mental health and educational programs. One of the …

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Susan Sloan on CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health

Hi, my name is Susan Sloan. I’m a program evaluator with about 20 years of experience—first as an evaluation team leader for Duerr Evaluation Resources in California and now as in internal program evaluator for Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) in the Pacific Northwest. As a small local health department, we are always looking for …

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Gerri Spilka on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluation Fellowship Program

My name is Gerri Spilka and I am the Executive Director of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning – a consulting firm that assists and assesses change through evaluation, strategic research and planning, grants management and capacity building. Among our many projects, OMG serves as the lead management team on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation …

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Ellen Taylor-Powell on Teaching and Learning Materials for Evaluation Capacity Building

Hi, my name is Ellen Taylor-Powell; I am an evaluation specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Extension.  Evaluation capacity building is my passion. Over my career, I’ve had the pleasure to partner with extension educators who excel in making learning relevant, practical and fun!  I’d like to let you know about two resources that bring together …

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Boris Volkov on What (Internal) Evaluators Can Do to Advance Evaluation Capacity Building

My name is Boris Volkov, and I am Assistant Professor in Evaluation Studies at the University of North Dakota. I’m involved with internal evaluation (IE) and evaluation capacity building (ECB) so I’ll share couple relevant tips and resources. We know that the ECB practice is different from program evaluation. Obviously, the goal of ECB is …

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Beverly Parsons on Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice (CLIPs)

My name is Beverly Parsons and I’m the executive director of InSites,  a non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization. We use a systems orientation and conduct evaluations related to education, social services, community change, and health. I’m an AEA board member. I have a tip about how to build evaluation capacity through a type of …

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Sally Bond on Peer Review to Improve Evaluation Consulting Practice and Reports

My name is Sally L. Bond, President & Senior Consultant, The Program Evaluation Group, LLC. In 2004, Marilyn Ray (Finger Lakes Law & Social Policies Center, Inc.) and I began development of a peer review process for the American Evaluation Association’s Independent Consulting TIG. One of the defining objectives of the IC TIG is to …

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Salvatore Alaimo on Navigating the Evaluator’s Role in Evaluation Capacity Building

Hello, my name is Salvatore Alaimo and I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University. I would like to share some tips on the evaluator’s role in evaluation capacity building with nonprofit organizations. Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) continues to gain momentum in the literature …

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Melissa Rivera on Engaging Stakeholders

Hi my name is Melissa Rivera. I am the Director of Evaluation and Research at the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions (NCPRS). Since 2006, our organization has collaborated with the National Guard Bureau to implement an evidence-based program, Stay on Track, to over 115,000 sixth through eighth grade students nationally. Since inception, NCPRS …

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