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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.

Demystifying evaluation
By / September 1, 2015
Evaluation is one of those terms that can get a bad rap. Used well, and used thoughtfully, evaluation activities are simply tools to help you better understand your own work and to help arm you with information to make better, more-informed decisions.

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