Are you ready to infuse evaluation skills and thinking into the day-to-day work of your organization? In this blog post, Elena offers tips for building internal capacity, hiring evaluation staff, or working with a consultant.
Our Evaluation in the Wild series focuses on popular culture and everyday situations to bring evaluation to life. In our first post, Elena and Laura talk zoom in on Serial Podcast, Season 3 and why it is essential to focus on effectiveness over efficiency.
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.
Abundant sources of information exist within and around nonprofit organizations that are just waiting for nonprofit leaders to put to good use. Evaluator Patricia (Patty) Montaño shares ways to reduce the burden of data collection with existing sources .
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.
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.
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.
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.