Impact of Cross-Site Evaluation

Thursday, February 20, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

When Meyer Memorial Trust awarded grants to nine partners across the state for similar work, it wanted to see how much impact this group of grantees was having with regard to low-income residents in rural Oregon. Chari Smith (Evaluation in Action) and Michael Parkhurst (Meyer Memorial Trust) will share the lessons and learnings from the cross-site evaluation and how your foundation could use these tools to measure impact.

A cross site evaluation examines the same variables as other program evaluation approaches but explores the challenges and impact across multiple grantees rather than individual organizations. This approach can open a dialogue between funders and partners, helping to identify common challenges and opportunities for grantees and funders alike, and isn’t limited to any particular field or issue area.

This session will focus on: 1) the planning, implementation, and results of how the cross-site evaluation project demonstrated impressive impact on residents the programs served 2) exposed some challenges and common issues that weren’t obvious before the evaluation and 3) explore how a cross-site evaluation can complement other kinds of program evaluation within your foundation.

Lunch is included during this Lunch Box Learning Session

Speaker Information:

 Michael Parkhurst is a Program Officer on the Housing Opportunities team for Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon.  Michael joined Meyer in 2014 after 15 years in local government (focused on community development and housing) and almost a decade on the board of a nonprofit community development corporation in Portland.  His background includes policy work, community and economic development, planning, and grantmaking. 

Chari Smith, professional evaluator, believes evaluation should be accessible, practical and usable. She founded Evaluation into Action, located in Portland, Oregon, 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. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and serves on their Nonprofit and Foundations Topic Interest Group (TIG) Leadership Council. She is also writing a book on nonprofit program evaluation to be released by Bold and Bright Media in 2020.

Date Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place NW Health Foundation: 221 NW Second Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland, OR, 97209

$25/Members; $40/Non-Members


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