Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building

Tom Archibald and Jane Buckley on Evaluative Thinking: The ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ of Evaluation Capacity Building and Evaluation Practice

Hi, we are Tom Archibald and Jane Buckley with the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation. Among other initiatives, we work in partnership with non-formal educators to build evaluation capacity. We have been exploring the idea of evaluative thinking, which we believe is an essential, yet elusive, ingredient in evaluation capacity building (ECB). Below, we …

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EPE Week: Yvonne Watson on Mission Possible: Evaluation Capacity Building at EPA

Hi everyone! I’m Yvonne M. Watson, a Program Analyst in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Evaluation Support Division (ESD). As chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group, I invite you to learn more about evaluation and environmental issues this week. Evaluation units across the federal government vary in …

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Sarah Gill on the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association Spring Social 2012

I’m Sarah Gill, membership chair for the Atlanta-area Evaluation Association (AaEA). Recently AaEA hosted a spring social. The event was inspired by the recent AEA 365 posts making predictions for the future of evaluation. Maureen Wilce, AaEA’s chair for professional development, and I thought the posts would inspire great conversation among our fellow evaluators  – …

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Bloggers Series: Michelle Baron on EvaluationBaron

Hello, I’m Michelle Baron, an Independent Evaluation Strategist. I blog as EvaluationBaron – a play on my last name. Rad Resource – EvaluationBaron: I blog at least weekly about all things evaluation, from commenting on a recent event I attended or article I read, to delving into the inner details of an evaluation concept. I …

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Asil Ozdogru on Evaluation Capacity Building through Local Partnerships

Hello. I am Asil Ozdogru, an evaluation specialist with the Early Care & Learning Council in Albany, NY. In the realm of nonprofits and smaller-size organizations, capacity to conduct quality evaluations can be enriched through partnerships with local and regional entities. Establishing or enhancing relationships with key individuals and organizations plays an essential role in …

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Shar McLean and Esteban Colon on Tools for Organizational Assessment

We are Shar McLean and Estaeban Colon and today we’re going to tell you about a great resource for tools and tips for assessing organizational effectiveness. Rad Resource – Reflect & Learn: Reflect & Learn is a website filled with tools, case studies, and models focusing on effective use of Organization Assessment (OA). According to …

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Frank Meintjies on Embedding M&E Within Organisations

I am Frank Meintjies who has worked in the public sector (the South African government) and the private sector (Deloite Consulting) either managing and implementing programmes or undertaking organisational development. Through this period, I have simultaneously conducted numerous evaluations, including process evaluations and impact evaluations. Although taken as a whole, most of my work has …

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Clare Nolan and Sonia Taddy on Capacity Building for Nonprofits

Hello!  We’re Clare Nolan and Sonia Taddy with Harder+Company Community Research, a national consulting firm that specializes in evaluation.  We work with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies throughout the country to plan and evaluate services for vulnerable populations. Lesson Learned:  Over the years, we’ve evaluated multiple grantmaking initiatives designed to build the capacity of nonprofits.  …

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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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Samantha Grant on Getting Program Staff Invested in Evaluation

Hi, I’m Samantha Grant, and I work for the University of Minnesota Extension as a Program Evaluator for the Center for Youth Development. As evaluators, incorporating evaluation into a program is as natural as breathing but for program-focused individuals, it is often the last, painful thought. In my work I have tried to show the …

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