Ensuring a Data-Driven Reopening of Society

Like many of you, I have been giving a lot of thought to what a safe and economically responsive reopening of society looks like. More specifically, as our country shifts from stay-at-home initiatives to restore and reconstruct, how can my fellow evaluators and I assist governments, schools, foundations, and organizations as they make the difficult Read more about Ensuring a Data-Driven Reopening of Society[…]

Tips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings During This Global Pandemic

by Laura Zatlin Today, we want to share a list of tips and resources for virtually gathering people together. As evaluators, we do this in a variety of ways – meetings, workshops, classes – and, with some adaptation, the list below can be catered to all purposes. After we share our list, we will ask Read more about Tips + Resources for Virtual Gatherings During This Global Pandemic[…]

Using Open Data to Accelerate Data Literacy Learning

Happy Open Data Week from the great City of New York! On this day in 2012, our Open Data Law was signed, legislating that every NYC department provides its data online via the NYC Open Data Portal. Today, I want to share a unique approach to data literacy education that my students and I find engaging, informative, and- Read more about Using Open Data to Accelerate Data Literacy Learning[…]

Diffusing the Drama: How the Karpman Triangle Can Help Us Move Past Conflict with Evaluation Stakeholders

Whether it’s intended or not, our role as evaluator can trigger a power dynamic between us and other stakeholders. At its worst, this dynamic can cause feelings of frustration, resentment, and helplessness for those involved. We’re Yael Gil’Adi and Elizabeth DiLuzio, and we’ve been there. Today, we’ve teamed up to share a tool we find helpful for understanding and shifting this dynamic.  The Karpman Triangle, more commonly known as the Drama Triangle, is a social model that offers a map to relationships experiencing Read more about Diffusing the Drama: How the Karpman Triangle Can Help Us Move Past Conflict with Evaluation Stakeholders[…]

Lean Data in Action

Hi everyone! I’m back to follow up on my November 2nd post about lean data. Today I’ll be interviewing two rockstars in the field of evaluation – Christa Perfit, Senior Manager of Monitoring + Evaluation at City Harvest (CH), and Nate Mandel, Program Innovation Manager at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) – as they bring lean data to life through a Q&A about the Read more about Lean Data in Action[…]

How a Lean Data Approach Can Change Your Effectiveness as an Evaluator

The use case for a lean data approach is quite compelling: it’s a decision-making tool for when time and money are short and there is a pressing need to make rapid operational decisions. Who of us hasn’t been in that position before? The lean data approach can also help if you feel most of your Read more about How a Lean Data Approach Can Change Your Effectiveness as an Evaluator[…]

Conveying Constituent Voice: Two New Data Viz Techniques to Try

Evaluators, foundations, and nonprofits are no strangers to looking critically at how to better provide culturally competent services. Their inquiries have produced noteworthy resources such as AEA’s Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation, The Anne E. Casey Foundation’s Embracing Equity practice guide, and the foundation of the Equitable Evaluation Project. These and other materials help Read more about Conveying Constituent Voice: Two New Data Viz Techniques to Try[…]