When Meyer Memorial Trust awarded grants to nine partners across the state for similar work, it saw an opportunity to draw some lessons about the impact of this work, both for itself and for other partners and funders. To ensure a robust process, Meyer brought in Evaluation Into Action (EIA) to help design and implement a cross-site evaluation to assess the value, limitations and conditions for success of the nine projects, which all helped low-income residents in rural Oregon with critical repairs to their manufactured homes.
A cross site evaluation examines the same variables as other program evaluation approaches – gathering data and drawing conclusions about what worked, what needs improvement and overall impact – across multiple grantees, working toward a common goal. This approach can open a dialogue across 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.
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|
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