Vantage Evaluation regularly provides community trainings or can design custom sessions for your organization. Here's where you can find us:
Nonprofit Learning Lab, Online Nonprofit Conference
Strengthening Your Survey Design Skills, 12:45pm-1:45pm
Surveys have become omnipresent in nonprofit evaluation. A well-written survey generates substantive, actionable data. This session will help participants design high-quality surveys by teaching you when surveys are most appropriate, key principles for writing survey questions, best practices of structuring surveys, and how-to tips on survey distribution.
Southwest Rural Philanthropy Days, Cortez, Colorado
Strengthening Your Survey Design Skills, 10:00am-11:30am
Surveys have become omnipresent in nonprofit evaluation. A well-written survey generates substantive, actionable data to help you communicate with various key stakeholders. This session will help participants design high-quality surveys by teaching you when surveys are most appropriate, key principles for writing survey questions, best practices for structuring surveys, and how-to tips on survey distribution. Come learn how to write better surveys, generate more informative responses, and get more bang for your evaluation buck! Participants will be guided through interactive activities to help practice and hone their survey skills.
Colorado Nonprofit Association Fall Conference, Denver, Colorado
What Development Staff Need to Know About Evaluation, 9:15am-10:45am
As a development pro, you excel in building relationships… but what about pesky evaluation questions? We’ll help you tackle this intersection, including communicating with funders, supporting staff in meeting requirements, and incorporating evaluation into reports.
Get to the Point, 9:15am-10:45am
Learn best practices for effectively presenting data and walk away with the power to tell an engaging story with your data! We will focus using visualization to engage your audience and learn from data.
What Nonprofit Leadership Needs to Know About Evaluation, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Executive Directors understand the 30,000 foot view of their organization, but evaluation is often missing from leadership training. We fill that gap, focusing on challenges and successes to better understand how EDs touch evaluation.
Questions, Questions, Questions!, 3:15pm-4:45pm
Take your information needs and turn them into effective survey questions and focus group questions! We will cover when it is appropriate to use different methods and how to draft effective questions for each method.
American Evaluation Association Conference, Cleveland, Ohio
October 31 - November 3
Game Changers: Lessons from Small Evaluation Firms, Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm
Leaders of three women-owned evaluation firms from across the United States will join together to share and discuss their evaluation companies’ game-changing moments. Topics will include hiring evaluators and research staff, marketing ‘niche’ consulting, business efficiency systems that work for evaluation, budgeting for effective project work, how to partner with other evaluators, and other administrative business concerns. Participants will leave the session with practical tips, specific tools, and new ideas on how to improve the systems and quality of their evaluation consulting businesses.
Through the Screen: Tips for Virtual Facilitation in Evaluation, Thursday 2:45pm-3:30pm
How often have you sat in silence on a video meeting, waiting for someone to talk? Or maybe you’ve been wanting to facilitate a virtual focus group, but are nervous to try? Technology has made it possible to get people from all over the world into the same space. But it is not enough to just have the technology, you have to know how to use it and adjust your facilitation style to the format. This session will highlight the different ways that evaluators can use virtual facilitation - from focus groups to facilitating learning to meetings. We will discuss when it is appropriate to use virtual facilitation and lessons learned about what works and what doesn’t. We will share tips for promoting engagement, pros and cons of technology options, and logistics that need to be considered when preparing for virtual facilitation.
How We Speak Truth Matters: Examining Power, Knowledge, and Evaluation Discourses Through an Anthropological Lens, Thursday 3:45pm-4:45pm
As anthropologists working in public health and evaluation for over five years, we have been privy to various ways scientific truths, funding, and stakeholder interests inform the production and dissemination of evaluation findings. From the development of evaluation questions to methodology selection, anthropologists offer evaluation teams a skill-set grounded in a long-standing disciplinary analysis of power that can shepherd decision-making to ensure evaluation questions and analytic methods do not ellide over power dynamics. If the framing of evaluation questions does not include an investigation of socio-political and economic factors in the shaping and delivery of public health programs, the relationship of these factors to, and impact on, public health research and programming will be missed. Drawing on past evaluation experiences, we investigate the relationship between evaluation question design, methodologies, and conceptualizations of rigor and objectivity, to facilitate a deeper examination of approaches to accountability, use, valuing, truth, and best practices.
What Happens Afterwards? Ways to De-brief with Clients, Friday 5:45pm-6:45pm
The challenge of post-project de-briefs is made more complex by a growing evaluation team. How does an evaluation firm understand the impact of individual projects, monitor and increase work quality, and cultivate ongoing relationships with clients as a company and as individuals? What elements are left to the project manager and what role does firm leadership play? Dr. Harman will share lessons and examples from multiple iterations of an internal and external debrief process developed as her team grew from one to seven. She will focus exclusively on activities that occur after the contract ends. She will share the pros and cons of different approaches, processes for culling lessons across projects, and strategies to maintain client and evaluation team engagement in reflection after the formal contract has ended.
Our CEO, Elena Harman, delivered the opening plenary at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence's 2018 Nonprofit Day for over 500 attendees: