Evaluation planning and partnership with Impactivism

I recently had the pleasure of working with some fantastic folks to craft an evaluation plan for a grant renewal application. Jeanne Haster and Mary Hegel of Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest were delightfully engaged in the process of determining appropriate evaluation questions, approaches, and measurements. Their grant renewal with the Corporation for National and Community Services will support well over a hundred AmeriCorps positions over three years. It also requires JVC Northwest to track and report on standardized performance measures as well as to complete an external evaluation of program processes and outcomes.

As I worked with Jeanne and Mary in selecting performance measures and reviewing evaluation options to find the right approach for their programs and capacity, we were particularly fortunate to also lean on Audrey Block of Impactivism. Audrey was responsive, realistic, and highly effective in collaborating with myself and JVC Northwest, and I am pleased that as a result the evaluation plan names Audrey and I as partners in completing the JVC Northwest evaluation. I believe the plan we crafted will serve JVC Northwest well. It was designed to provide Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest with ongoing data to inform improvement of its processes and services, as well as to increase their capacity to participate in more in-depth, complex evaluation activities in the future.

I look forward to working with Jeanne and Mary and the rest of the JVC Northwest crew once their grant is renewed, and I look forward to partnering with Impactivism and Audrey more in the future as well.

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