SIM TIG Week: The unavoidable impact of impact by Nicole Martens

Hi, I’m Nicole Martens, head of Africa and Middle East at Principles for Responsible Investment. On leaving university, as a development economist and bleeding-heart activist, I was determined to dedicate my career to making a difference. I wanted to use my newly acquired skillset to improve the socioeconomic circumstance of my fellow Africans. In support …

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SIM TIG Week: Developmental evaluation provides outcomes in real-time by Olivia Rebanal

My name is Olivia M. Rebanal, Director of Inclusive Food Systems at Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a 35-year history of expanding equity and justice in underinvested communities. As a CDFI, our mission is to create communities of opportunity across the country through mission-driven lending, incubating social impact programs, …

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SIM TIG Week: How to best integrate respective areas of expertise toward a common purpose by Joanna Cohen

My name is Joanna Cohen, a Senior Evaluation Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. At MacArthur, we take a cross-departmental, team-oriented approach to our work. This means that from the onset of any given program, representatives from every corner of the organization—including our Office of Evaluation—are collaborating to advance our program’s …

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SIM TIG Week: Moving beyond scale: the importance of capturing feedback from your target audience by Sachi Shenoy

I am Sachi Shenoy, the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Upaya Social Ventures. Upaya’s mission is to create dignified jobs for the poorest of the poor by investing in and consulting with small business entrepreneurs anchored in marginalized communities. To date, our 16 investee companies have cumulatively created more than 12,000 jobs. In the …

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SIM TIG Week: How people in non-evaluation fields inform impact measurement, and how evaluation informs their work, by Irene Basile

Hello! I am Irene Basile, policy analyst at the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. We provide evidence-based policy guidance on innovative approaches to foster private sector participation in development outcomes. As a former independent evaluator, I was astonished to discover the wide gap in evaluation practices between the development finance and the development co-operation spheres. Indeed, …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: The Program Evaluation Standards – Not Just for the Bookshelf… by Thanos Patelis and Emily Dickinson

Greetings from Thanos Patelis and Emily Dickinson! We are researchers at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), a non-profit research organization. We are happy to talk about a favorite Rad Resource of ours—The Program Evaluation Standards. Every time we undertake a new project, we are reminded of the multiple demands that come with an evaluation. …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Self-care for Leaders by Tiffany Squires

Hello! I’m Tiffany Squires, and I am a member of the faculty in Educational Leadership for Penn State University. I study high quality leadership practice and apply it to developing aspiring school leaders for practice. It’s widely accepted and understood, by those of us working as professional in schools, that the principal’s role is as …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: The Parallels Between Evaluation Methods and Blank’s Lean Startup Methods by Cathy Callow-Heusser

Hello! I’m Cathy Callow-Heusser. Although I started my career as a software engineer, I’ve been an evaluator for nearly 30 years, working in academia, industry, and as an independent evaluator. I am also a math educator and early literacy specialist. Two years ago, I co-founded a company to develop software solutions for education. In January, …

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