Evaluation: Finding a Common Ground

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In July 2013, Innovation Network's Kat Athanasiades and Veena Pankaj presented "Evaluation: Finding a Common Ground" at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The purpose of this session was to highlight the common threads that distinguish regional associations from other organizational genres in the social sector. Regional associations promote effectiveness in philanthropy by providing grantmakers with opportunities to engage with others, share ideas, and generate best practices that support both the individual and collective impact of philanthropy. While each regional association employs its own unique mix of strategies to achieve impact, most are working towards a shared goal of promoting effectiveness within philanthropy. In this session, Innovation Network engaged participants in a group dialogue to draw out high level strategies and desired outcomes that are common across most regional associations. The resulting logic model is a tool that regional associations can use as a starting point when planning for evaluation.

Innovation Network is a nonprofit evaluation, research, and consulting firm. We provide knowledge and expertise to help nonprofits and funders learn from their work to improve their results. For more information, please visit www.innonet.org.

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Evaluation: Finding a Common Ground

  1. 1. Evaluation: Finding a Common Ground Kat Athanasiades Veena Pankaj Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Milwaukee, WI Tuesday, July 30, 2013 www.innonet.org #evalRA
  2. 2. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Mission: building evaluation capacity Evaluation and strategy consulting Nonprofit, philanthropic, and governmental organizations Kat Veena Wide range of evaluation experience We consult on evaluation projects We also provide resources and training to share evaluation know how Who are we?
  3. 3. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Why evaluate? Setting the context
  4. 4. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Setting the context
  5. 5. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Why evaluate? What are some of the challenges to conducting evaluation? Setting the context
  6. 6. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Setting the context
  7. 7. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Setting the context Many evaluation tools have been developed in the social sector for philanthropic donors and nonprofits. nonprofit philanthropic donor
  8. 8. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Setting the context However, there are not many tools that exist for regional associations to evaluate their work. nonprofit philanthropic donor regional association
  9. 9. Advocacy and Policy Change Composite Logic Model Infrastructure Development Capacity Building Policy Proposal Development Organizational Capacity Media Coverage Partnerships or Alliances Collaboration and Alignment (including messaging) Constituency or Support Base Growth Public Will Awareness Attitudes or Beliefs Policy Development Policy Adoption Policy Implementation Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Issue/Policy Analysis and Research New Advocates (including unlikely or nontraditional) Salience Issue Reframing Skills Development Strategy Development Data Collection Partner Development Preparation/Planning Staffing and Leadership Development Lobbying Policymaker and Candidate Education Litigation or Legal Advocacy Relationship Building with Decision Makers Goal Setting Placement on the Policy Agenda New Donors Policy Blocking More or Diversified Funding Organizational Visibility or Recognition Fund Raising Policy Maintenance Landscape Mapping New Champions (including policymakers) Problem Assessment Activities/Tactics Interim Outcomes Policy Goals Impacts Inputs Political Climate Economic Climate Social Climate Prior Experience Elected Officials Public Administrators Candidates MediaVoters Community Leaders Other Audiences Business Courts Potential Partners/ Competitors/ Opponents Issue Competition Specific Constituencies Contextual Factors Audiences Improved Services And Systems Positive Social And Physical Conditions Political Will Policy and Politics Advocacy Capacity Policy Media Partnerships Grassroots Organizing and Mobilization Coalition and Network Building Briefings/ Presentations Demonstration Projects or Pilots Polling Rallies and Marches Paid Media Voter Education Public Service Announcements Communications and Outreach Policy Assessment Message Development Materials Development Electronic Outreach Earned Media Popular Culture Artists/Gate- keepers Political Donors
  10. 10. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Setting the context
  11. 11. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Today’s objectives  Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts
  12. 12. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Today’s objectives  Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts  Building our Logic Model Together
  13. 13. www.innonet.org | #evalRA  Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts  Reflections and Thoughts  Building our Logic Model Together Today’s objectives
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mag3737/1997114236 / www.innonet.org | #evalRA What is evaluation? The systematic collection of information about a program that enables stakeholders to better understand the program, improve its effectiveness, and/or make decisions about future programming. Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts
  15. 15. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Planning Data collection Analysis & Reflection Action & Improvement Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts
  16. 16. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Planning Data collection Analysis & Reflection Action & Improvement Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts
  17. 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidelong/234192777/ www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts What is a logic model? A visual display of connections between what you do and the results you hope to achieve.
  18. 18. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts
  19. 19. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts How is a logic model used? Program Planning Program Management Communications Fundraising Evaluation Consensus-building
  20. 20. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Problem Statement Goal Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes
  21. 21. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Resources If…
  22. 22. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Resources Activities Then If…
  23. 23. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Resources Activities Outputs Then If… Then
  24. 24. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes Then If… Then Then
  25. 25. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Problem Statement Goal Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes
  26. 26. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Problem Statement Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes Goal = Objectives, long-term outcomes
  27. 27. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Goal Problem Statement Activities Outputs Outcomes Resources = Inputs, program investments
  28. 28. Outputs www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Outcomes Activities = Strategies, actio n steps Problem Statement Goal Resources
  29. 29. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Outcomes Outputs = Deliverables, products, units of service Problem Statement Goal Resources Activities
  30. 30. Outputs www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Outcomes = Results, impact, objectives Problem Statement Goal Resources Activities
  31. 31. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes Building our Logic Model Together
  32. 32. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes Building our Logic Model Together
  33. 33. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Activities Building our Logic Model Together
  34. 34. Activity groups www.innonet.org | #evalRA Activities Building our Logic Model Together
  35. 35. Activity groups www.innonet.org | #evalRA What are the main 3-5 activity groups of an RA’s work? Table Exercise #1 Which of those activity groups are given highest priority? Which activity groups are most common across RAs?
  36. 36. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Activities Table Exercise # 2 For your activity group, what are at least 3 activities that you do? How do activities stay the same across RAs? How do they differ?
  37. 37. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes Building our Logic Model Together
  38. 38. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes Building our Logic Model Together
  39. 39. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Building our Logic Model Together
  40. 40. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Outcomes Short-term Long-term
  41. 41. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellasdad/457521627/ www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Outcomes chain
  42. 42. Outcomes www.innonet.org | #evalRA Logic Models: Nuts and Bolts Short-term Changes in knowledge, awarenes s and attitude Long-term Changes in conditions, practices and norms Intermediate Changes in behavior
  43. 43. For your activity group, what outcomes do you expect to result… …in the short-term? …in the long-term? www.innonet.org | #evalRA Outcomes Table Exercise # 3 What kinds of things might indicate your success?
  44. 44. http://www.flickr.com/photos/seatbelt67/502255276/ www.innonet.org | #evalRA Reflections and Thoughts What’s next?
  45. 45. www.innonet.org | #evalRA Reflections and Thoughts
  46. 46. Evaluation: Finding a Common Ground Thank you! For more information, please contact: www.innonet.org #evalRA Kat Athanasiades kathanasiades@innonet.org Veena Pankaj vpankaj@innonet.org

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