Evaluating Equity Impacts in a Grant Program

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
1 - 2pm

Join Metro’s Investment and Innovation Program Manager Suzanne Piluso and Evaluation into Action’s President Chari Smith to hear about their journey of defining and measuring equity outcomes for this pilot grant program. The Investment and Innovation grants program seeks to foster economic opportunities and other benefits for communities of color and other historically marginalized communities through projects to prevent waste and make better use of waste in the greater Portland area. This workshop demonstrates how the evaluation team for this funding program assessed progress on this complex topic through creating an evaluation plan, gathering data, compiling a report, and using the findings to strengthen the program… with a few surprises that helped inform the future of the program. You will learn more about using evaluation in your own funding programs to ascertain true impact.

Chari Smith, President
Evaluation Into Action

Chari Smith believes evaluation should be accessible, practical and usable. She founded Evaluation into Action to help nonprofit professionals create realistic and meaningful program evaluation processes. She has taught several workshops helping nonprofit professionals understand the value and use of program evaluation and recently published a book titled Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple.

Chari is a proud member of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN) and the International Society of Evaluation Education (ISEE). She is also an active member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and serves on their Nonprofit and Foundations Topic Interest Group (TIG) Leadership Council. As of summer 2021, she is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Nonprofit MBA program.

Suzanne Piluso, Program Manager
Oregon Metro

Suzanne manages Metro’s Investment and Innovation grant program that supports for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations in efforts to prevent products consumed in the greater Portland area from becoming waste. Investment and Innovation grants fund projects to reduce waste through repair, reuse, recycling and composting.

Suzanne brings diverse experience to her work, with a background including natural resource management/conservation, law, policy, grant-making and fundraising. She began her career as a program officer at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, before returning to school to obtain her J.D. in environmental law. Her past titles include biologist, lawyer and nonprofit consultant, and she is a certified Project Management Professional. The thread that connects her career is a consistent passion for public service.

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time: 1-2pm
Cost: Members $25 / Non-members $45

This program is open to members and nonmembers. If you are a nonmember you may register by contacting us at info@gosw.org.