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Policy Governance Week: Evolution of the board after 3 years of service by Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, Eric Barela and Jara Dean-Coffey

Hello! We are Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, Eric Barela and Jara Dean-Coffey. Our board service began in January 2018, which marked the year that Policy Governance (PG) was fully and formally instituted at AEA (led by Leslie Goodyear).  The fact that the work towards adoption began in 2008 and was not completed until two years ago is …

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Policy Governance Week: Our Path to Policy Governance by Aimee White & Leslie Goodyear

Hi everyone! We are Aimee White and Leslie Goodyear, current and 2018 Presidents of the AEA. We are kicking off the week for the Board sharing about Policy Governance (PG). In 2008, the AEA voted to adopt PG, a governing model that is being widely used across the nonprofit and foundation worlds. Leslie was on …

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Let’s Have a Conversation! Commenting on AEA365 Posts by Sheila B. Robinson

Hello! I’m Sheila B. Robinson, aea365’s Lead Volunteer Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a few tips for getting the conversation going on our favorite blog. Have you ever noticed that each aea365 post has a footer attached that invites you to comment on the post? Go ahead and look for it at the end of …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: The benefits of strength-based approaches in evaluation by Juliette Mackin

Hello fellow evaluators! I am Juliette Mackin from NPC Research in Portland, Oregon, and I have worked as an evaluator for 25 years. I am in this line of work to help people, programs, communities, and systems and am a strong believer in strength-based approaches to programming AND evaluation. One of the most rewarding aspects …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Evaluation in Rural and Frontier Settings: What Us Urbanites Should Keep in Mind by Corey Newhouse

I’m Corey Newhouse, Founder and Principal of Public Profit, a consultancy that helps mission driven organizations use data to make great decisions and improve the quality of their work. I’m also an avowed urbanite, more comfortable muscling my way through rush hour crowds than on an empty forest path. Since Oregon is a predominately rural …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Evaluating Through Simulations by Katie Street

Virtual greetings! Katie Street here, evaluator for Portland State University’s Child Welfare Training Unit Partnership (CWP) in Salem, Oregon. One challenge faced by any training program is: How do we measure acquisition of trainee’s knowledge and skills? Other fields have used various forms of simulated workforce situations to answer this question for years, and recently …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Avoiding Bias and Maintaining Objectivity by Kristi Manseth and Regina Wheeler

Hello! We are Dr. Kristi Manseth and Regina Wheeler, Portland-based evaluators working for Pacific Research and Evaluation (PRE).   The Oregon Legislature enacted House Bill 3499 (HB 3499) in 2015 to develop and implement a statewide education plan for English Learners (EL) in the K-12 education system. Forty Oregon school districts were identified in Spring …

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Oregon Evaluators Week: Navigating evaluation in the time of COVID 19 – an Oregon perspective by Kimberly Leonard and Kimberlee Salmond

Hi there, we are Kimberly Leonard and Kimberlee Salmond. We are pleased to kick off a week of AEA365 posts from Oregon evaluators. We are both Senior Research Officers at Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The OCF research team plays a variety of roles to support research, evaluation and learning at the foundation, including evaluating our …

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Level Up: Growing Your Approach to Participatory Evaluation by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy Saturday! My name is Elizabeth DiLuzio, AEA365 Curator + Contributor and Evaluation + Strategy Manager at Good Shepherd Services. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been engaged in a lot of conversations about participatory action evaluation (herewithin participatory evaluation) lately. It seems as if we are all in our corners of the country, …

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Adaptive Capacity Assessment in Times of Corona by Jennifer Cohen & Batya Kallus

We are Jennifer (Jenny) Cohen (Evaluation Capacity-Building) and Batya Kallus (Israel Director) at the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society.  Lessons Learned: Learning and evaluation at non-profit organizations, as many of us know, often take a backseat during times of crisis. Many evaluators and foundation professionals committed to organizational learning of us …

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