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Program Evaluation in the Wild

July 23, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , 0 Comments

Logic models are the backbone of program evaluation. However, the value of logic modeling lies not just in the end product of the model itself, but also in the learning generated through the process of collective inquiry. By engaging in a logic modeling process, stakeholders learn to articulate the “why” behind the “what” of their […]

From Data to Program and Implementation Insights

May 13, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , 0 Comments

In a young and growing data-driven organization, we’re always pushing to improve by learning from our challenges and successes, and investigating whether we and the schools we work with are on track to meet or exceed goals. We have an extensive amount of data to inform this process and are constantly working for better ways […]

7 Reflections on Do Good Data 2015

May 5, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Last week I was lucky enough to attend Do Good Data 2015 in Chicago. During the conference, I tweeted some of my impressions and thoughts. Here on our blog, I’d like to share some of my reflections that relate to the topic of data with integrity Building a data-oriented culture is not budget-dependent. There was […]

“Learning Conversations”: A Strategy for Achieving High-Quality Data in Nonprofit Agencies

April 30, 2015 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , 0 Comments

In my previous post, I talked about some of the challenges of achieving high-quality data in nonprofit agencies. In this post, I am going to focus on one of the practical strategies that we use at JF&CS to attain high-quality data, which we call “Learning Conversations.” In the Department of Evaluation and Learning (DEL), we […]