Empowering Nonprofits Through Data


We’ve curated a helpful collection of resources, guides and links.

Evaluation Readiness Assessment

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Program Evaluation and Data Culture in Resident Services

Northwest Housing Alternatives contracted with Evaluation Into Action to create an evaluation system for their resident services program.

This case study outlines key steps in our process in three areas: Planning, Implementation and Results.

Building a Culture of Program Evaluation

The intersection of program evaluation and organizational culture is critical to understand. The ways in which your nonprofit organization feels and thinks about evaluation will dictate their attitudes and behaviors toward it. Is your organization doing evaluation because of a required mandate from funders or because of a desire to learn from the insights data provides?



Introduction to Engaging Diverse Audiences

In partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council

This guide for Arts organizations will walk you through the steps necessary to engage a more diverse audience. This framework was based on a comprehensive literature review as well as interviews with experts and community leaders.

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Evaluation Mini Guides

Partnered with NPC Research, a project for Oregon Arts Commission

These guides connecting Students to the World of Work (WoW) offer guidance for conducting evaluations of funded programs. Each mini-guide offers basic information on a specific topic to help grantee organizations build capacity to implement evaluation activities.


Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Willamette Valley Development Officers
American Evaluation Association
Oregon Program Evaluators Network

Selected Articles & Links

  • 5 Things You Should Know About Evaluation

    By Chris Lysy     

    From a distance, research and evaluation look a lot alike. Both use qualitative and quantitative methods to gather evidence. They both analyze this data and report on findings. But the difference is really all about intent.

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  • Visualization for Evaluation Design Webinar

    By American Evaluation Association     

    (Must Be a Member to View)

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  • Nonprofit Executives Must Focus on Evaluation

    By Chari Smith   9/30/11   Portland Business Journal

    The nonprofit sector is an invaluable part of our local community. Many of us contribute our time and/or money to local nonprofits to support their cause. There are more than 22,000 registered nonprofits in Oregon…

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  • Nonprofits Must Shake a Culture of Compliance

    By Chari Smith   5/24/13   Portland Business Journal

    Evaluation is a critical tool that helps nonprofit organizations know what’s going well and what needs improvement. It is a systematic approach to collecting data, both quantitative and qualitative, that can address many questions…

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  • Measure what Matters

    By Chari Smith   10/16/14   Nonprofit Technology Network

    How can nonprofit organizations know what is working, what is not, and what impact they are making? They can achieve this understanding by implementing a realistic and meaningful evaluation system.

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  • Guest Post with One Page Research Summary

    By Chari Smith   2/11/15   Evergreen Data Blog

    Stephanie’s Note: Readers are always asking me for more examples of a 1 page research or executive summary and Chari Smith of CRSmith Consulting has a really nice one here that is visual and yet doesn’t involve a single graph!

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Selected Books

Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program's Sustainability


Organizational Capacity to Do and Use Evaluation: New Directions for Evaluation


Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact


Utilization Focused Evaluation


We are lucky to have Chari in our community.

Chari Smith has been a presenter in our Certificate classes, Leadership Classes and Conferences.  We rely on Chari to bring valuable information that is presented in an interactive manner engaging everyone in the process of appreciating, using and interpreting data for evaluation purposes.  It’s an important element of a strong nonprofit and we are lucky to have Chari in our community.

Agnes Zach, Executive Director Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO)

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