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
In December 2018, Metro launched the Investment and Innovation grant program to support for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations involved in reducing waste through repairing, reusing, recycling, composting or making energy from the stuff that is discarded in the greater Portland area.
Accomplished, energetic professional with diverse experience in project management (certified Project Management Professional), policy development, law, science, grant management and public service. I have special experience working with government, environmental and conservation groups in both grant making and grant seeking, natural resource management, land acquisitions and land use. My passion is sustainability, waste management, conservation, management of parks and natural areas, and I have particular interests in land trusts, local government, and philanthropy.