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Getting Great Data Week: What if everyone owns the data? by The Improve Group

Hi! We are The Improve Group, an evaluation consulting firm based in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Our evaluation team were inspired by the topic – how does data ownership affect “great” data – to hold a lively debate and create this post. Since we are frequently hired by foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to evaluate …

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Getting Great Data Week: Capacity building with funders: Lessons learned from helping nonprofits build data systems by Nick Arevalo

I’m Nick Arevalo from Tipping Point Community. I work on the Impact Team for a foundation in San Francisco that invests in poverty-fighting nonprofits. At Tipping Point, we believe that money alone isn’t enough to build strong organizations. Besides contributing unrestricted dollars, we work with nonprofits to identify areas of need and respond with customized …

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Getting Great Data Week: Finding the Right Data System Vendor with a Rockin’ RFP by Corey Newhouse

Hi, this is Corey Newhouse, the Founder and Principal of Public Profit. We help mission-driven organizations use data to be better at what they do. High quality requests for proposals (RFPs) help prospective vendors to match their products to the client’s needs, and can go a long way toward avoiding unexpected scope shifts (and ballooning …

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Getting Great Data Week: How to Have Great Data: When People and Technology Both Do Their Part by Taj Carson

Hi, this is Taj Carson, CEO at Inciter, a firm focused on helping clients change the world by using data.  Many evaluators are caught flat-footed when they analyze data and run reports. Data are missing, they can’t find a client in the system because key information wasn’t entered, or the numbers just don’t add up. …

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Getting Great Data Week: Lessons learned on collecting great data by Betsy Block

Hi, I’m Betsy Block, Principal & Founder of B3 Consults, and I’m excited to kick of this week talking about ensuring you’ve got GREAT DATA.  I define “great data” as accurate, timely and most of all useful. As evaluators we want to focus a lot on using data, but we often have to help mission-driven …

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Calling all aea365 readers: What do YOU want to read more about in 2019? by Sheila B Robinson

Hello Loyal aea365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, aea365’s Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with one question for you: What is it that YOU would like to read about on this blog? I first posted this article in 2015 (and every year since) and we receive excellent responses from readers each time it is published. I typically …

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SEA Affiliate Week: What Evaluation and Weight Watchers Have in Common: Evaluation as Accountability by Tatia Prieto

My name is Tatia Prieto, President of Prismatic Services, and we focus on PreK-12 evaluations. With clients, sometimes it seems our biggest challenge is helping them understand why and when to collect data. I’m a data geek who thinks in terms of process maps and spreadsheets, so it’s easy to forget that program implementers are …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Embracing Your Role as a Delegator by Sheena Horton

Hi all! This is Sheena Horton again, Past President for the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA). I hope you’ve enjoyed SEA’s Professional Development Week! In closing, I want to offer a few delegation tips I’ve learned that I hope you’ll find helpful, too! Hot Tips:  Get comfortable delegating. No one teaches you how to delegate, and …

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SEA Affiliate Week: Tips for Engaging Stakeholders in Logic Modeling by Moya Alfonso

My name is Moya Alfonso, and I’m an Associate Professor at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. I would like to share a few tips on logic modeling and how to effectively engage stakeholders in each step of the process based on my eighteen years of experience engaging community stakeholders …

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