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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:27 AM

Location: Mercy Corp Northwest, Portland, OR, OR, US
Event start date and time: August 21, 2013 5:00 PM
Event end date and time: August 21, 2013 5:00 PM

Create a Culture of Evaluation In your organization

by the Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN) and Dr. Steve Patty

As expectations increase for organizational accountability, impact measurement, performance assessment, continual improvement, and quality assessment, leaders face the ongoing challenge of embedding habits of reflection within organizations.

The temptation for many leaders is either to hire an evaluation consultant or to establish a department within their organization to which they can delegate evaluation. Both have their place. But if leaders desire to maximize the developmental power of evaluation, they will need to create a culture of evaluation throughout their organization. They will need to embed ways of thinking and doing evaluation that incorporate simple and elegant ideas and that are meaningful and sustainable for staff and stakeholders. Leaders that nurture a culture of evaluation create learning organization and secure amplified impact.

This seminar will explore keys to developing crisp and clear evaluation strategies that can be joined by whole organizations, and that will create sustainable cultures of evaluation. In this seminar, participants will gain

  • guiding principles for impact evaluation,
  • exemplars of culture-building in evaluation,
  • key models of evaluation that have been tested in national nonprofit organizations,
  • tips for gaining participation and embedding habits in organizations, and
  • ways to engage people with ideas of social impact through evaluation.

Dr. Steve Patty has over 20 years of experience working in the field of evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and has been trained at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is the former Associate Director of Doctoral Programs in business at the International University of Monaco where he continues to teach doctoral courses in research design. Dr. Patty has trained hundreds of leaders in evaluation design and development, and has consulted with organizations and foundations throughout North America on program evaluation including YMCA of the USA, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Canadian Evaluation Society, Foundation Center, Community-School Partnerships, Lilly Endowment Inc., Executive Directors of Southwest Washington, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, among others. He is a published author and frequent conference speaker.


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