SIM TIG Week: Accelerating Action in Impact Measurement & Management Today, Together by Samira Khan & Eric Barela

Samira Khan, Senior Manager, Global Impact Engagement and Eric Barela, Director of Measurement and Evaluation at Salesforce.org here, saying hello … Social impact measurement is a hot topic today. How do we make it happen when funding and capacity are low and we sit at the intersection of multiple crises around race, climate, and democracy? …

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SIM TIG Week: Impact Investing, Public Policy, and Evaluation: Opportunity and Obligation by John Sherman

A question – why should you care about the intersection of evaluation, impact investing, and public policy? I am John Sherman and as a long-time evaluator interested in scaling social impact, the answer to this question is personal and professional. As my colleagues- Veronica Olazabal, Jane Reisman, and Deborah Rugg– and I explored at our …

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SIM TIG Week: Transformative Evaluation and Impact Investing: A Fruitful Marriage by Courtney Bolinson and Donna M. Mertens

Hi! We’re Courtney Bolinson, MS and Donna M. Mertens, PhD. Our work focuses on marrying the transformative evaluation paradigm with impact investing. Our chapter in the Global Handbook of Impact Investing demonstrates how transformative evaluation can be used across the investment cycle to effectively improve social and financial investment outcomes.  Rad Resource: We tailored the …

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SIM TIG Week: Lessons for Evaluating the Impacts of Accelerators by Ben Fowler, Erin Markel, and Amanda Woomer

We are Ben Fowler and Erin Markel from MarketShare Associates and Amanda Woomer from the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter at Habitat for Humanity International. Business accelerators – which provide enterprises access to training and frequently links to capital – are increasingly used to help social enterprises increase their impact.  We at MarketShare Associates …

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SIM TIG Week: Love the Connectors: The Measurable Value of an Ecosystem Focused on Social Impact by Leah Goldstein Moses

Hi, I’m Leah Goldstein Moses, founder of The Improve Group SBC.* I have a strong love for my home town, St. Paul, which sits on Dakota lands. I am the recent chair of the Social Impact Measurement TIG. My evaluation practice emphasizes community, justice, equity and love. There are exciting things happening in our region …

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Where Do I Begin? : Using Best Practices in Culture Change to Incorporate Participatory Evaluation Into Your Work by Elizabeth DiLuzio

Happy weekend! I’m Elizabeth DiLuzio – volunteer curator for AEA365, internal evaluator at Good Shepherd Services, and instructor of Quantitative Methods in Evaluation at New York University. Recently, a few people asked me what I think are the first steps to incorporating a participatory evaluation practice. Suspecting that this is a popular topic these days, I …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Evaluation Footprints in Unprecedented Times by Asma M. Ali

Hello! I am Asma M. Ali Ph.D., president of the Chicagoland Evaluation Association [CEA]. CEA, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, is a membership network for evaluators and students in the Chicagoland area to exchange ideas and knowledge, meet other evaluators, and participate in professional development activities that promote evaluation excellence. Our posts …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Networking Karma by Matt Feldmann

Hello, I am Matt Feldmann, with Goshen Education Consulting, Inc. and a collaborator for the weekly Independent Consulting Topic Chat.  Does it seem like some of our colleagues are lucky, that they can do no wrong? This blog post concerns Networking Karma, the idea that we can create our own luck. By engaging in our …

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CEA Affiliate Week: Maximizing Impact: How Evaluation can Help Address the Global Pandemic by Dominica McBride & Jen LoPiccolo

Hello, AEA Community! We are Dr. Dominica McBride and Jen LoPiccolo, MSW from BECOME, a social change agency in Chicago with a mission to nourish communities affected by poverty and injustice to make their vision of a thriving community a reality. Our organizational toolbox includes Culturally Responsive Evaluation and practice, community engagement, strategic planning, facilitation, …

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CEA Affiliate Week: How To Show The Real People Behind The Data by Amelia Kohm

I am Amelia Kohm, Ph.D.,  the founder of Data Viz for Nonprofits (DVN) in Chicago. DVN helps organizations to effectively and beautifully present their data on websites, reports, slide decks, interactive data dashboards and more. Data visualizations can provide something that photos and case studies—for all of their visceral appeal—cannot. Context. Charts, maps, and graphs …

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