Category: Evaluation

An Under-Tapped Source of Insight: Listening to the People We Seek to Help

“What does the evidence say?” is a common question in nonprofit and foundation work. We have ever more sources of information to measure progress indicators and ultimate intended outcomes. But sometimes, even with all these data, it’s easy to overlook a centrally important source of insight right in front of us – feedback from the…

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We’re Listening!

Thank you to our nonprofit partners who participated in the Grantee Perception Report® (GPR) survey. We are listening and find your feedback valuable in improving our grantmaking practices so that our work together can be even more impactful.

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The L is for Learning

One of the things I enjoy about working at the Packard Foundation is the emphasis on learning. In my past life, evaluation work was called M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation), but here it is MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning). Turns out, the addition of that one letter actually matters. It matters because our evaluation efforts are…

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Using Data to Maximize Impact

Kathy Reich spoke to a group of nonprofits from California’s Central Coast in February 2015 on Using Data to Maximize Impact—why every nonprofit should have an evaluative culture and evaluation strategy, and how to conduct useful evaluation without breaking the bank. Below is the address text as prepared for delivery. Hi everyone. It is great…

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