A Master Class for Linking Strategy and Evaluation - Building the Inquiry Muscle

An Executive Director’s Guide to Organizational Learning & Evaluation: Session Three

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A Nonprofit Quarterly Advanced Practice Series 

Many organizations have addressed learning and evaluation in fits and starts when a particular grant or contract has required it or when a staff member has had the skill and inclination to do it.  Very few organizations have embedded learning and evaluation into their everyday work. As nonprofit leaders, we know learning and evaluation are important, but we struggle to integrate them into the fabric of our organizations. Who has the time or the money? 

It's time to refresh our thinking about learning and evaluation and commit to weaving them into organizational practice. We owe it to our constituents and to ourselves.  We can't be truly effective without learning and evaluation. An organization with a clear purpose, can demonstrate the change it is contributing to, and that is engaged in learning in order to be as effective as possible---that's compelling to staff, to volunteers, to funders, and to community members. And, it taps into the values that brought us to the nonprofit sector in the first place.

If this resonates for you, we invite you to join us for a four-part Nonprofit Quarterly Advanced Practice series. Individual staff and consultants are welcome, but we especially encourage you to designate two or more people from your organization to move through this course together and reignite the commitment to learning and evaluation across your organization! That's why the course is the same price for any sized group from the same organization.

The course includes practical tools, real-world examples, frank talk about how and why organizations get stuck, team-based homework assignments, and live coaching between sessions to help you problem solve and keep moving. 

Session Three: Strengthening Your Inquiry Practice

  • Connecting the Critical Questions to your inquiry practice.
  • Practical ways to gather useful information.

 

Faculty

Jara Dean-Coffey

Jara Dean-Coffey
Luminare Group

Kelly Hannum

Kelly Hannum
Aligned Impact LLC

Jeanne Bell

Jeanne Bell
Nonprofit Quarterly