Evaluating Impact: Current Practices & Methodologies (Chicago)

Thursday, December 13, 2018 -
9:00am to 12:00pm CST
Forefront Large Conference Room
208 S. LaSalle Street, #1535
This event is open to: 

Grantmaker members of Forefront

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All of our evaluation efforts come back to one central question: are we making a difference? In this intermediate session for grantmakers, we’ll explore current practices and methodologies for evaluating impact, particularly in complex systems that defy attempts at easy measurement.

Participants will leave the workshop able to:

  • Acquire knowledge about the current practices and methodologies for evaluating impact within peer organizations through open discussion
  • Acquire knowledge about up-to-date evaluation methodologies being used in the field
  • Be able to identify or develop specific measurements that fit each type of evaluation methodology
  • Understand what you need to know about evaluation methodologies for complex systems and use that knowledge to set realistic expectations for grantee evaluation and reporting


Facilitator Bios:

Noah Temaner Jenkins is a consultant who assists in developing the capacity of nonprofit organizations through program evaluation, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, and community research. Clients include community-based organizations, universities, and citywide nonprofits providing human services, advocacy, arts, housing, and education. Since 2002, Noah has helped clients to raise more than $12 million from private and government sources. She has served as evaluator for national, statewide, and community-based programs. She recently designed and completed the Year 1 evaluation of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s Little Village Nonprofit Learning Community. She served as evaluator for the three-year, $1.5 million Illinois ResourceNet program at the University of Illinois, multiple nonprofit programs, Chicago Jobs Council’s Statewide Outreach and Public Information Initiative, and a university-based national evaluation of the federal Empowerment Zone program. She teaches online courses, face-to-face workshops, and academic courses in program design and evaluation and grant writing. She is adjunct faculty at UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. She is published by Sage Publications and holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Holly Lewandowski, President of Evaluation for Change, Inc. has worked as an evaluation consultant for the past 10 years on many education evaluations spanning early childhood to post-secondary with institutions such as the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Illinois Education Research Council, City Colleges of Chicago, Westat, Roosevelt University and University of Illinois at Chicago. She has also provided nonprofits with capacity building around creating evaluation systems. Additionally, she has held positions in evaluation and research at both DePaul and Northwestern Universities. She earned her MA in Sociology at DePaul University and BA in Anthropology at Antioch College.