Meet the Vantage Team: Kayla Brooks

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 Kayla Brooks, whose desire to help people and make change led her to focus on learning both personally and in her career journey.

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Kayla Brooks
A Launch is Just the Beginning

Last week, we threw a party with family, friends, and partners to celebrate the launch of Elena’s book, The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot: A new approach every staff member can understand. This is the start of evaluation as a central tool in nonprofit strategy. And the book launch is just the beginning.

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Kindle Morell
Avoid Three Common Pitfalls When Using Data

Measurement and information are only useful when they adhere to a thoughtful and intentional approach with those who are most directly involved, using a balance of data sources. Elena illustrates how to improve the use of data by sharing an example from the education system.

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Elena Harman
Meet The Vantage Team: Raquel Rubio

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 Raquel Rubio, who is passionate about asking questions, and about the power of evaluation to lead to social change.

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Raquel Rubio
Shifting the Frame of Evaluation from One of Accountability to Learning

Unfortunately for many folks working in the social sector, the word “evaluation” conjures negative reactions—worries about finger-pointing, concerns about funder reactions, or fear of negative public perceptions if the results aren’t all positive. Deciding to evaluate your program’s effectiveness, and then figuring out how to do it, can be a daunting proposition. But it shouldn’t be. A guest post from Vice President of Philanthropy at The Colorado Health Foundation, Amy Latham.

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Kindle Morell
The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot

We’re excited to invite you to a celebration for our founder and CEO Dr. Elena Harman’s new book: The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot: A new approach every staff member can understand.

In addition to receiving a 10% discount on the purchase of the book, attendees will enjoy light appetizers, music, and mingling with Colorado’s incredible nonprofit and foundation community.

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Kindle Morell
Meet the Vantage Team: Stacie Hanson

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 Stacie Hanson, who shares the importance of finding and seeing connections.

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Stacie Hanson
What Counts as Valid?

A continuation of our series about the Equitable Evaluation Design Sessions, this post focuses on why Vantage Evaluation decided to focus on what is considered valid findings, what we did (or tried to do), what we learned, and where we are going next. Our hope in sharing our experiences is that others might find inspiration to engage in similar work, and that those organizations will take what we did and improve upon it.

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Kindle Morell
Survey Fatigue is Real

Nonprofit leaders often use surveys to take the pulse of their communities and get a sense of the impact of their organization’s work. Surveys are also beloved by politicians, marketing folks, and researchers. Unfortunately, they have become overused because they’re easy to build and send with cheap online survey software options. This has led to survey fatigue in our communities that has real consequences for nonprofit leaders.

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Morgan Valley
Shifting from Data-driven to Learning-driven

We have gotten to the point where evaluation is such a buzzword in nonprofit and foundation work that we assume all nonprofits should be evaluating everything, and for the same reasons. However, that is not true. Evaluation should serve an intentional purpose. It should teach you something new, and something that you care about.

Learn how to create an evaluation purpose statement that outlines why you want to do evaluation in the first place, and what the results will be used for.

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Elena Harman
Three Evaluation Steps You Can’t Outsource

An effective evaluation takes internal resources. Before you decide to ask an evaluator to figure out what to measure, it's important to sit down and think about the 30,000-foot view of why you are dedicating resources to evaluation in the first place. Learn about the five core elements of an effective evaluation, and what to consider before handing the project off to your evaluation team or external consultant.

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Elena Harman
NOW HIRING: Impact Manager

NOW HIRING: The Open Media Foundation is hiring for an Impact Manager to take a big picture view of both the organization and its clients, helping articulate, theories of change and measure social change and impact. This search is managed by Vantage Evaluation through our work to build evaluation capacity in our communities, through staffing solutions.

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Kindle Morell
How Evaluators Can Be Like Rock Legends

The American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) annual conference theme, Speaking Truth to Power, left us with a lot to process as a team and individually.

Our evaluator Aisha Rios, PhD explains how a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame combined with the conference sessions challenged her to reflect on the role power plays in defining truth and knowledge, and offers steps for encouraging honest communication when power dynamics are at play.

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Kindle Morell
The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot Everyone Can Understand

Listen to the Nonprofit Coach podcast interview with Elena about her upcoming book, “Learning on Purpose: How Each Nonprofit Position Can Use Evaluation To Get the Answers They Need.”

In this interview, Elena talks about funder and donor outcome requests, staff engagement, and how to position your organization as a leader in the impact evaluation space.

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Kindle Morell