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5 Evaluation Lessons From a Recovering Program Officer

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As a profession, evaluators must constantly demonstrate the value of their work to remain relevant. Each evaluation represents a significant investment in resources that many argue could be used to …

As a profession, evaluators must constantly demonstrate the value of their work to remain relevant. Each evaluation represents a significant investment in resources that many argue could be used to provide more programming. A primary concern of maintaining the value proposition of the evaluation field is ensuring that evaluations remain manageable and useful to all participants.

In this Ignite session at the American Evaluation Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., Will Fenn offered five succinct lessons from a former foundation Program Officer that can be applied across program types to help nonprofits and foundations improve evaluation coordination and use. The session focused on improving the practice of evaluation by recommending a cooperative approach to build evaluation capacity in nonprofits and to improve practice in the field.

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  • Great success in making evaluation a lively topic. Everyone should check out the Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrVj0PCsV_Q which adds the text to the great visuals. I so agree that foundations are critical for leading the way in encouraging nonprofits to actually make use of data. But how far along are foundations (as a whole) in feeling comfortable with using data? It seems to me (see http://bit.ly/1hzFBNN) that we as evaluators have a challenge in helping them as well. What are your thoughts?
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  • Love it! I'll have to find the video on YouTube. First slide is brilliantly creative. As a grant coordinator, I find Lysy's cartoon on slide two funny but scary, as I realize it's probably too often the reality. :-)
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  • 1. By Gord Fynes: http://farm1.staticflickr.com/152/373910934_57f0e708b4_o.jpg Lessons From a Recovering Program Officer William Fenn AEA Conference: October 17, 2013 Lessons of a Recovering Program Officer
  • 2. By Chris Lysy:
  • 3. Evaluation Merry Go-Round Evaluation Merry-Go-Round By BrokenSphere: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Casa_de_Carousel_1.JPG/800px-Casa_de_Carousel_1.JPG
  • 4. 1 Clear Intent & Planning By Joy Oil Co Ltd: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Joy_Oil_gas_station_blueprints.jpg
  • 5. 1 Clear Intent & Planning Clear Intent & Planning http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/Beautiful_Post_and_Beam_Horse_Barn.JPG
  • 6. 1 Why Bother Planning? By Cee LR: http://theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/glastonbury-home-collapsed-300x170.jpg
  • 7. 2 Mutual Engagement Helen Field: http://heyhelen.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Thornton2.jpg
  • 8. 2 Relationships By: Telse Meyer and Dirk Blumenberg: http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/medialive/photos/000/512/cache/meerkats3d-02_51265_600x450.jpg Mutual Engagement
  • 9. 3 Expectations Management "Mike" Michael L. Baird: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Jumping_Gril_at_Sunset.jpg
  • 10. 3 The Vision
  • 11. 3 Resource Reality http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/Sandcastle_on_the_beach_of_Ahlbeck.JPG
  • 12. 4 It’s Data Processes, Not Just Data http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Somerset_Cider_Jugs_%282518375463%29.jpg
  • 13. 4 It’s Data Processes, Not Just Data http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Somerset_Cider_Jugs_%282518375463%29.jpg
  • 14. 4 It’s Data Processes, Not Just Data http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Honey-Fruit-Mead-Brewing.jpg
  • 15. 5 Adapt, Communicate, Repeat Diana Sudyka: http://flickr.com/photos/nunataak/2502073156/lightbox/
  • 16. 5 5 Adapt, Communicate, Repeat http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/01/6/images/l_016_02_l.gif
  • 17. http://people.rit.edu/rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/TitleItems/BigMap.jpg 5 Adapt, Communicate, Repeat
  • 18. Adapt, Communicate, Repeat Attr: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADarwin's_finches_by_Gould.jpg 5
  • 19. On the Road to Recovery? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAvl%C3%B6ningsafton_-_R%C3%B6sta_ja!_1922.jpg Conclusion
  • 20. William Fenn @wtfenn wfenn@innonet.org By Amy Mindo: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/Horse_and_carriage-Duluth-2006.jpg

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