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Evaluation guides improvements to new program
By Katie Murray / March 2, 2018
Foster Forward used formative evaluation – led by external researchers – to help refine and improve their youth employment program, Works Wonders.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

Real-time data dashboard at Year Up Providence
By Katie Murray / November 8, 2017
Year Up is closing what they call the “Opportunity Divide” – between the 6 million young adults in the United States who are disconnected from stable career pathways and the 12 million jobs that require post-secondary education and are slated to go unfilled over the next decade.

Data-informed decision making to drive improvement
By Katie Murray / August 25, 2017
At the Rhode Island Foundation we have the privilege of learning from and with many organizations that use data to guide their decisions and increase their impact.

Evaluation: it's about improvement, learning with others
By Katie Murray / July 6, 2017
The conversation about evaluation has expanded to acknowledge its important role to inform learning.

Katie Murray named director of evaluation and learning
By Chris Barnett / August 1, 2016
Katie Murray has been appointed director of evaluation and learning, where she will oversee the evaluation of our community investments against its strategic priorities.

A learning agenda: what it is and why you need it
By / April 5, 2016
At the heart of a learning agenda is a set of "key questions" that you are interested in answering about your program or organization that can provide focus, context, and clarity to whatever measurement and assessment activities you are currently using.

Beyond the numbers
By / January 12, 2016
In discussing evaluation and impact, it is easy to get caught up in a numbers game. There is tremendous pressure to report on how our work is making a difference, and scale (“Billions and billions served!”) seems like the most expedient way to demonstrate why our organizations and our programs matter.

Types of Evaluation: Which is right for you?
By / November 19, 2015
Because evaluation is so specific to a context, issue, or question, the approach you take to evaluating a particular program or set of activities will vary according to your needs.

By / October 21, 2015
Evaluation is specific to a context, issue, or question. Therefore, when designing your evaluation, it is important to understand why you are gathering a particular piece of information and how you will use it.

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