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
Our Commitment to Evolving Evaluation

Vantage Evaluation turned five this August. In those five years, we’ve changed in structure and in scope but never deviated from our core focus of helping purpose-driven organizations throughout and beyond Colorado experience the joy of evaluation. Our new blog, Vantage Point, is part of the next evolution of our journey helping purpose-driven organizations infuse basic evaluation practices into their day-to-day work. Before we dive into what’s next, here’s a bit of background on how we got here.

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Jami Fassett
Speaking Truth To Power

Our team is joining evaluation colleagues from across the globe in Cleveland this month for the 2018 American Evaluation Association Conference: Speaking Truth to Power. We’re excited to be presenting on a wide range of topics, including: 1) being a woman-owned evaluation firm; 2) best practices for conducting virtual focus groups; 3) using an anthropological approach for addressing power and truth in evaluation practices, and 4) best practices for debriefing with clients.

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Jami Fassett
Two Ways to Engage Key Stakeholders & Make Meaning of Your Data

Nonprofit leaders who invite community and staff to the table when digesting evaluation findings make the findings more meaningful and useful. These stakeholders add critical insights when interpreting data on their own programs, and are best suited to decide next steps as a result. To ensure your data has meaning and engagement, you can invite others to participate in the analysis.

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Jami Fassett