These case studies provide a range of examples from survey reports to program impact summary reports. Our level of involvement with each client ranges from coaching to being a hands-on team member depending on the level of need. We work collaboratively with clients to determine how best to effectively disseminate findings, leveraging data visualization in reports to clearly communicate measurable results.
Family Camp is a three-day weekend for families in Oregon and SW Washington who are experiencing pediatric cancer. We worked closely with program staff to gather data from camp participants to illuminate impact and highlight key findings.
Detroit PAL staff participated in a six-month coaching program with us to develop an evaluation system for their summer camp program for youth in Detroit, Michigan. This summary report was created collaboratively, leveraging in-house graphic design resources and our technical assistance and support. Results included creating an impact model and building organizational capacity in evaluation.
Portland, Oregon’s regional government launched a three-year pilot to invest in private-sector innovation in waste management while fostering economic equity. This report, which includes both an Impact Summary and a detailed Pilot Evaluation Report, assesses the cumulative impacts of these public investments and evaluates how well the program met its goals. Metro staff wrote the report, with technical assistance and data visualization by Evaluation into Action.
Meyer awarded grants to nine programs across rural Oregon to help low-income residents of manufactured homes with critical repairs and other improvements. Meyer Memorial Trust staff and nine grantees participated in developing a two-year program evaluation process to measure implementation and impact across organizations. We aggregated and organized data from all grantees and used data visualization to highlight key implementation details and impacts on residents.
NHA’s Resident Services Program connects 2,400 residents across 10 Oregon counties with services to promote housing stability. We collaborated with staff to create a program evaluation system based on surveys with residents and property managers. According to a concept paper co-authored by NHA and EIA, the data in this report helped the organization land its two biggest grants to date. See the book, Nonprofit Program Evaluation Made Simple, for more details and examples from this engagement.
Northwest Stepping Stones is a resident services program offered in 14 of NW Real Estate Capital Corporation’s housing communities. We partnered with them to develop a realistic and meaningful program evaluation process. The result is they now have a concrete way to measure and communicate the positive impact their programs have as well as data to understand where program improvements are needed. This report highlights key findings that demonstrate impact as well as provide insights to inform strategies to employ so they can continue to make a difference in the communities they serve.
RACC partnered with us to conduct a survey of arts educators across the Portland, Oregon region to help inform the support RACC provides and enable RACC to be better advocates for arts education. We helped identify and analyze data needed to make program planning decisions. The summary report details key findings, along with action steps for RACC to take.
The book includes access to a companion website filled with examples.
I highly recommend working with Chari on your evaluation project. She was an invaluable leader and teammate in wrangling a complex program evaluation into manageable pieces that all came together beautifully. We had a very challenging timeline for a full program evaluation, and Chari ably steered the ship to get it done, and she made it fun. I’m so proud of what we created together. Further, Chari is an excellent teacher and happy to share her knowledge and insights, and by doing so she built our team’s evaluation acumen beyond just this project. We will carry what we learned from working with Chari into future projects and programs.Suzanne Piluso, Investment and Innovation Program Manager, Metro
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