September 22, 2010 - 1:03pm
August 20, 2010 - 6:16pm
When thinking about the outcomes of a program or service, we usually like to think about the impact on people: how their behavior, attitudes, or knowledge have changed. As I was reflecting on some client's expected outcomes this week, I realized that the word "change" is not clearly defined. I came up with a short typology of change - I'd love your insights about whether there are other types of change that I have missed.
August 18, 2010 - 1:19pm
August 18, 2010 - 1:12pm
This is the second of a series of informational interviews on the five pro bono projects the Improve Group is working on in 2010.* These clients have a wide range of locations, missions and needs. We had several goals for our pro bono work:
- Give back to the community in a way that honors our decade of service
August 11, 2010 - 8:38pm
By Leah Goldstein Moses Each August, the Improve Group staff takes a day out of the office to learn in depth about a topic that we’ve been addressing that year. This year, we focused on working ethically, respectfully and responsibly with people as we do our work.
July 26, 2010 - 8:15pm
Many programs delivered by the nonprofit and public sectors are designed to help change people’s lives. For example:
- A nonprofit focused on environmental justice hopes to get neighborhood residents involved in grass-roots activism, including calling policy makers, supporting candidates and monitoring environmental issues
- A county public health department has implemented a number of incentives and opportunities to increase the numbers of people who choose to walk or bike for their regular commute
July 26, 2010 - 8:11pm
December 15, 2009 - 11:19am
I went to a number of insightful presentations at Evaluation 2009 an annual conference put on by the American Evaluation Association. One very interesting session I attended was called “Accountability, Context Transparency and President Obama: Evaluation and the New Administration”. As evaluators, we believe there is great value in examining programs in a rigorous method to find value, note best practices, look for needed changes and record usable, valid data.