Beyond Retention

Evaluating your volunteer engagement strategies can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this post, Elena and Laura share three tips for looking deeper than volunteer retention metrics to inform your volunteer engagement strategies.

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How to Make Your Infographics Useful

It is hard to capture someone's attention among the constant flow of information. Many of us turn to infographics as the answer. But how do you get started? Evaluator Raquel Rubio shares what questions to answer before diving into design.

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Raquel Rubio
Why Qualitative Data is Critical for Social Change

You know all about quantitative data - numbers and statistics. But did you know qualitative data (words and stories) are a critical component for evaluating systems and programs? Humans thrive on storytelling, and while there will always be an emphasis on “proving” a social program works through statistical analyses, it is also important to understand the lived experience of the people being served by that program. Learn more from our evaluator Stacie Hanson.

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Stacie Hanson
Meet the Vantage Team: Aisha Rios

Our Meet the Vantage Team series is a way for you to get to know each member of our team, and why they love what they do. Today we feature evaluator Aisha Rios, whose nuanced understanding of culture and community, and passion for social justice brought her to evaluation.

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Aisha Rios
Talking Points for a Learning Culture

Once an executive director decides to move forward with evaluation, their most critical role is to be a vocal advocate for learning. In this post, Elena shares some simple talking and framing points to orient staff and stakeholders for a successful evaluation partnership.

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Elena Harman
Evaluation in the Moment

Can’t get useful or actionable information from your post-event surveys? It’s time to try a new approach. In-the-moment evaluation helps you get feedback when attendees are most likely to engage – at the event. In this blog post, Eleanor and Laura share guidance on when to take an in-the-moment approach, what methods to use, and the logistics you need to consider. 


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Laura Sundstrom
Meet the Vantage Team: Eleanor Hill

Our Meet the Vantage Team series is a way for you to get to know each member of the Vantage team, and why they love what they do. In today’s post, Eleanor shares how her love of communities and natural curiosity fostered a passion for seeking real-world impact through evaluation.

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Meet the Vantage Team: Kai Fierle-Hedrick

Our Meet the Vantage Team series is a way for you to get to know each member of the Vantage team, and why they love what they do. Today we feature evaluator Kai Fierle-Hedrick, who uses evaluation to connect diverse program stakeholders, spark critical dialogues, and ensure programmatic and organizational decisions are truly relevant.

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Beyond Grateful

Go beyond “thank you for participating” and make a meaningful connection with your stakeholders with informative thank yous. In this post, Laura shares the benefits of sharing what you learned and the tweaks or shifts you plan to make as a result, closing the feedback loop.

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Laura Sundstromeval tips