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What does it take to turn a burst of innovation into a successful program or activity? What do you measure, if an innovative idea is untested or the final impact is not yet clear? How can you use evaluation to garner insights, to make decisions and to achieve greater results? This workshop-style session will combine presentation, activities, group consulting and problem-solving. Participants should come prepared to discuss their own evaluation needs and questions.
In this session, you will learn how to:
- Identify the unique challenges and opportunities presented by evaluation in an innovative, fast-paced environment
- Find ways to gather information quickly, analyze it for insights, and make decisions
- Conduct evaluation in a way that is consistent with your values: collaborative, innovative and mission-driven
- Craft relevant and meaningful outcomes and indicators for your program or organization that you can use for both evaluation and explaining your innovation to partners and supporters
- Craft an evaluation plan that frames evaluation questions, models out the logic of your innovation, and determines what kind of data might be useful
- Streamline your work as you organize, manage and analyze data
Participants will walk away with a preliminary evaluation plan for their innovative initiative.
This session will be preceded by Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization, led by Michael Bischoff and Sam Grant from 9 a.m. – noon. Join both sessions to learn about the full process of innovation – from the development of your ideas to evaluating your impact. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.
Leah Goldstein Moses is the CEO of The Improve Group, a St. Paul-based international firm focused on evaluation, research and strategic planning. She and her team have worked with hundreds of clients such as the Kennedy Center, the nation’s busiest arts facility which touches millions of people each year through performances and by nurturing new works of art; Mercy Corps, which works in over 100 countries and more than 16 million people each year; and Lutheran Social Services, Minnesota’s largest nonprofit social services organization. She has gathered knowledge from over twelve years of experience helping nonprofits to measure and demonstrate impact, which in turn leads to improved services, innovation, and increased ability to build support. Her audiences and her clients rave about her proven methods of taking information and data and simplifying it in such a way so that organizations can sustain impact, make clear decisions and raise funds easier. After working with the Improve Group, organizations find that their data starts to communicate a picture of what can happen in new ways and with new clarity.