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The Top 10 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Attending “Evaluation 2013”

I recently traveled to Washington, DC for Evaluation 2013, that is, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. It was a great trip, filled with networking, new techniques, and resources that I could use to serve my clients better.

As I reflected on the event while watching David Letterman last night, I decided that a top ten list might be the best way to commemorate the occasion. Therefore, I bring you:

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Enjoyed Evaluation 2013

 

10.   Spent four full days basking in the vibe of 3000+ like-minded evaluation peeps. That’s… Learn more

“Baby Steps” Towards a Strong Evaluation Culture

As an evaluator, a large part of what I’ve done in recent years is ask nonprofit professionals how they generally feel about program evaluation and measuring specific outcomes.

These professionals typically identify some of the benefits of the evaluation process, but our conversations also reveal concerns such as anxiety, intimidation, and uncertainty about evaluation. Some of the reactions I often hear are:

“We don’t have the time or expertise to do this but our funder is requiring it!” 

“I know we’re doing great things, but how are we supposed to measure them?”

“What if we discover something that we… Learn more

April 17, 2013 Outcome Evaluation and Results Based Accountability

Everyone says that we need to measure our program outcomes…but HOW? And why has this become so important to funding organizations and the public? Can we manage this with everything else we have to do? In this course, participants will learn to ask and answer critical questions such as: What outcomes can I really achieve with my clients? How will I measure these? How will I know if the program is successful? Small group work is emphasized including practice developing outcome goals, indicators, and logic models. This course will also review the key tenets of the Results-Based Accountability and… Learn more

May 31, 2012 Program Evaluation: Measuring Outputs vs Outcomes

Everyone says that we need to measure our program outcomes…but HOW? And why has this become so important to funding organizations and the public? Can we manage this with everything else we have to do? In this course, participants will learn to ask and answer critical questions such as: What outcomes can I really achieve with my clients? How will I measure these? How will I know if the program is successful? Small group work is emphasized including practice developing outcome goals, indicators, and logic models. This course will also review the key tenets of the Results-Based Accountability and its… Learn more

January 19, 2012 Grant Professionals Association – Central Virginia Chapter Meeting

Join the Grant Professionals Association on Thursday, January 19th from 12:00-1:30 pm as we welcome Trina Willard from the Knowledge Advisory Group! “Using Measurement & Evaluation to Strengthen Funding Strategy” will address reasons why an effective evaluation is so important to the success and future sustainability of any project. Areas covered include: Realities of the current economic climate and how an evaluation component can help your project; what evaluation IS and IS NOT and specific measurement approaches; and gaining results that help with improved quality and greater efficiency The Central Virginia Chapter of the GPA holds meetings on the 3rd… Learn more

October 18th and 25th 2011 Effective Use & Portrayal of Evaluation Results

This course is about using your program results more effectively, not just filling in the blanks for grant reports! Uses include highlighting particular programs or areas of effectiveness that can help you leverage additional support and assist in sustaining your programs. The focus is on creating effective presentations to portray evaluation findings for pertinent audiences, such as potential funders, community partners & the board. This information can be applied at multiple levels.

Dates: October 18th and 25th, 2011 Meets: from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Nonprofit Learning Point at the Boulders Meeting Center Instructor: Trina Willard Fee: $45.00

September 24, 2011 National Federation for Just Communities Conference

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities hosts the 2011 National Federation for Just Communities annual conference from September 23-25. Over 40 colleagues from Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia will come together to learn, share, and collaborate.

Date: September 24, 2011 Instructor: Trina Willard

March 30, 2011 How To Succeed During the Recession with Effective Marketing

For one night only Richmond’s top business and marketing professionals are coming together to talk with the local community on how small businesses and nonprofit organizations can find success during the recession. The local business community and the nonprofit sector are welcome to join us and gain insights on how to develop marketing plans that enable your consumers and the community to understand the value of your brand.

Date: March 30, 2011 Meets: from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Richmond VA Instructor: Trina Willard Fee: Free

 

Pro Bono Services Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Richmond-based nonprofit Comfort Zone Camp for submitting a winning proposal for pro bono services.

CZC, a safe place for grieving children, will receive over $100K of marketing and organizational consulting services, provided by top companies, among them Knowledge Advisory Group.

Other providers include: Madison+Main, Knowledge Advisory Group, Thinkhaus, V4|Web, Wythken Printing and ByteJam.

 

“The first steps are to evaluate the organization from a marketing and operational standpoint. This information will then be applied in a way that develops the organization’s desire to grow nationally.”Knowledge Advisory Group was pleased to… Learn more

“Comprehensive data allowed management changes to be made more rapidly, leading to a leaner and more effective organization.” ~ American Red Cross, Richmond Chapter

“They were able to determine a ROI figure to help define the value proposition of our program.” ~ Virginia Economic Development Partnership

“The assessment allowed me to deliver a monumental, sea-change, amount of information to the organization with data to back me up.” ~ American Red Cross, Richmond Chapter

“Trina’s interviewing technique is a more effective way to uncover staff issues and ineffective procedures.” ~ Senior Connections, Area Agency on Aging

"The third party review added credibility.” ~ Virginia Economic Development Partnership

“The project more than paid for itself in the short-term.” ~ American Red Cross, Richmond Chapter

“I was spending 2-4 hours per week dealing with staff issues that have now been removed.” ~ Senior Connections, Area Agency on Aging

“We never received a report better than this one.” ~ Virginia Economic Development Partnership

"The Knowledge Advisory Group exceeded our expectations. They provided a solid grasp on what we achieved, along with additional framework for designing and measuring future programs."    ~Virginia Community Capital

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