Report calls for shift to more equitable evaluation practices


A report from the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI) and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations highlights how foundations are working to integrate an equity lens into their evaluation practices. Reprinted from PND.

How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings

Beth Kanter

It’s time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings. Roles may include: Facilitator: Designs and Facilitates Meeting.


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Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and now adjunct professor, I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation. There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas. And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants. Networked Facilitation. Open Space and Unconference Facilitation.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox? This is the focus of a session called “ The Big Bang Theory: Creative Facilitation and Training Techniques, ” that I’m co-facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference with Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen. There are two basic ways to facilitate a group brainstorming session.

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: As a trainer and someone who teachers other trainers, I’ve been obsessed with improving my facilitation skills and written a lot about it on this blog. I’m always up for a conversation with other facilitators about shop talk and getting tips for improving my practice. So, I’m thrilled that fellow facilitators Cody Sigel, MPH, CHES and Tracy Wright, MAED from ETR agreed to share some of their secrets in this guest post. Facilitation

Strengthening program evaluation in your nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

This call spurred the increasing demand for program evaluation. In your organization, this may look like negative attitudes toward evaluation, poor research designs and collecting data but not using the data. The root problem here is poor evaluation capacity.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Beth Kanter


That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. View the growing lineup of #14LCS speakers and facilitators and register today!

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. If time is available, also do a plus/delta exercise with participants as a close out to the session. Measure, evaluate, reflect, and improve. Conferences are a great opportunity to take workshops and observe the facilitator’s techniques.

Reflections on Twitter Chat Facilitation Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Someone asked what the definition of a KPI was, and since I noticed that Tom Kelly who is an expert in evaluation was following the chat, I asked him for a definition. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in Twitter chat series #socialmedia.

3 Ways Your LMS Facilitates Reflective Learning

WBT Systems

3 Ways to Facilitate Reflective Learning with your LMS. Here are 3 ways an LMS for professional learners facilitates reflective learning. The scheduling capabilities of the LMS can help to facilitate this process, by setting submission deadlines, or allowing the instructor to send reminders to the student. Administering tests and quizzes requires learners to revisit and evaluate the information they have learned.

Guest Post by Gale Berkowitz: Evaluation for Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: This post, Evaluation for Learning , was originally published as a guest post on the Good blog as a response to “ How Might We Celebrate Learning through Evaluation? I'm republishing here because I think several of the principles for evaluation that Gale outlines are very important to approaching how you pilot, monitor, and improve your social media strategy over time so it has impact or ROI. In truth, evaluations rarely are either one or the other.

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth Kanter

I’m co-facilitating a session on Nonprofit Training Design and Delivery with colleagues John Kenyon, Andrea Berry, and Cindy Leonard at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference on Friday March 14th at 10:30 am! Our session will share lots of great advice about what to do before , during , and after leading an effective technology training. Using the ADDIE for designing your workshop, you arrive at the “E” or evaluation. Formative Evaluation.

Facilitating Creative Learning (for Professionals): More Notes on MuseumCamp

Museum 2.0

Last week, I focused on the 2014 theme (social impact assessment) and the many creative evaluation projects produced by campers. I first learned about this technique from Sam Kaner''s excellent book, Facilitator''s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Tag Team the Facilitation. And if you want a more efficient approach to multi-vocal facilitation, try an unconference.

Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

Beth Kanter

In many of the workshops I’ve been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some workplace flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increases productivity and help with burnout prevention.Many nonprofits allow staff to work remotely one day a week. That’s why I’ve added a new workshop on running and facilitating effective virtual meetings.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Dot Voting Online

Beth Kanter

When I facilitate meetings or workshops for nonprofits, not matter the topic, I incorporate many participatory approaches and design thinking methods. The technique helps you need to evaluate the ideas. Facilitation Training Design

How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

Beth Kanter

I co-lead a workshop on digital transformation, co-facilitated a master class on digital fundraising campaigns, co-hosted a learning breakfast for scholarship participants, co-designed a Big Room session on Technology for Good, and in between attended some amazing sessions. One of the simplest ways to practice continuous improvement is to incorporate a process evaluation. 4) The next step is compare these top level themes against the participant evaluation.(We

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. Here’s what I learned about the facilitating design thinking processes: What Is A Design Lab? To generate group or collective understanding, I facilitated a cluster or affinity analysis of the different themes.

Inside the Encompass Ratings System Culture & Community Beacon Launch

Charity Navigator

Ofira facilitated the development of Constituent Feedback measures with our partners as part of her responsibilities to lead Charity Navigator’s engagement with nonprofit organizations.

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Arts Assessment: Let's Stop "Proving" and Start Improving

Museum 2.0

How do their outcomes differ from school groups who visit but do not have a facilitated experience? evaluation research Research and assessment is rare in the arts, and it tends to focus on "proving" our value. Economic impact studies. Studies of how arts participation affects student test scores. This kind of research has two big problems: It puts most of our assessment capacity into research for someone else, on someone else''s terms.

Build, Buy, or Customize?

Connection Cafe

Set the expectation with stakeholders that undocumented requirements won’t be considered to facilitate a thorough analysis of the actual business process and outcomes to be supported. Evaluate your team: Do you have the right skills sets and capacity in house? Procurement Technology API Bespoke Cost Custom Development Customisation Customization Developer DevKit Evaluation ROI SDK technology

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Retaining Revenue and Providing Stakeholder Value for Your Virtual Event

Cadmium CD

Many sessions also serve as means to gain educational credits or certification, and eventScribe also facilitates this. Attendees can go directly from the session to Survey Magnet, fill out quizzes and evaluations, and get instant access to their certificates of completion and transcripts.

Retaining Revenue and Providing Stakeholder Value for Your Virtual Event

Cadmium CD

Many sessions also serve as means to gain educational credits or certification, and eventScribe also facilitates this. Attendees can go directly from the session to Survey Magnet, fill out quizzes and evaluations, and get instant access to their certificates of completion and transcripts.

Great Year-End Advice For Leaders

Eric Jacobson

EWF International provides professionally facilitated peer advisory groups for women business owners and executives. 3 Coaching And Mentoring Tips How To Avoid 8 Common Performance Evaluation Pitfa. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Is Right for Your Nonprofit?

Network for Good

The system for tracking just about any of your other program-related work: canvassing, phone banking, events, tabling, outcomes and evaluation, etc. Integrate with other programs that facilitate donor communication, stewardship, and payment processing.

Is Right for Your Nonprofit?

Network for Good

The system for tracking just about any of your other program-related work: canvassing, phone banking, events, tabling, outcomes and evaluation, etc. Integrate with other programs that facilitate donor communication, stewardship, and payment processing.

Advice: An Exhibition about Talking to Strangers

Museum 2.0

You can explore the project wiki where we coordinated the exhibit, including the project overview , our six-week plan to get it all done, and individual sections for development of concept , content , interaction , graphics , marketing , fabrication , installation , and evaluation. There is also a final evaluation report available for download, which offers lots of great quantitative and qualitative content about what visitors did in the exhibit.

Is Clubhouse the Right Application for Your Social Media Plan?

Forum One

This spring, we’ve been evaluating some of the new social platforms on the market to see if there is anything new that would help elevate nonprofit and/or public sector missions. Then, login, explore, and evaluate for yourself if Clubhouse is the right addition to your digital strategy.

"It Is What It Is," and the Challenges of Dialogue-Focused Exhibits

Museum 2.0

The Living Library has guest experts (the books), but it also has facilitators in the form of the "librarians" who help you sign up for a library card, browse the catalog, and select a book for discussion. What are the evaluative measures by which we will consider the dialogue experience successful? Tags: evaluation exhibition Talking to Strangers design I sat down this morning to write a negative review of an exhibit.

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Nonprofit Giving Trends and Future Fundraising Strategy


Because, my friends, delivering happiness is the job of a true philanthropy (translated from the Greek as “love of humanity”) facilitator. It’s a good time to evaluate where you may have gaps in your technology.

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What Does an eLearning Consultant Do? The Complete Guide

Web Courseworks Associations

What should you consider when evaluating eLearning consultants? If you’ve outgrown your current learning management system, a consultant can help you research solutions, evaluate them against your needs, and make a plan for implementing the new tech into your strategy.

How to Navigate the Post-COVID Novel Nonprofit Economy


Whatever you did, evaluation is in order to assess what worked, what didn’t and why. Do you have necessary facilitating internal systems, policies and procedures and controls? We are witnessing the rise of a new generation of donors and nonprofit employees.

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VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Department Produces Complete College America’s National STEM Careers Academy


Producing an Academy involves working with CCA on all aspects of the Academy from initial planning through implementation and evaluation. Practitioners, national experts, and facilitators were trained, coordinated and supported during the Academy by VisionLink’s Lois Ann Porter. "Between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the United States more than doubled, while the completion rate has been virtually unchanged.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

Last week, in addition to giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab for the Arts Brain Trust at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference , I was a participant in a pre conference convening expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher. As a trainer, it is always great to experience someone else facilitating so you can have empathy for participants, get some new ideas or reflect on your trade craft.

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5 things every association should know about Salesforce-based AMS solutions

Nimble AMS

Associations need technology that facilitates business with both individuals and organizations. This gives Salesforce the opportunity to evaluate the Nimble AMS code three times per year. Arm yourself with this information before making your final AMS choice.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

Beth Kanter

In a couple of weeks, one of the sessions I’m facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose is called “ How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training.” Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. Co-Designing and Working with Other Facilitators and Trainers. Facilitation Methods and Techniques.

32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy after 40 Years of Static Giving


Fund the development of a website to facilitate peer-to-peer evaluations of nonprofits. Research show’s that the level of giving in the United States has remained static over the past 40 years. Staggering, I know. With that in mind 35 influential leaders from across the nonprofit industry came together at the Growing Philanthropy Summit to develop an action-oriented agenda on growing philanthropy. Their mission: grow giving!

6 Essential Enterprise LMS Features for Your Association

Web Courseworks Associations

An ineffective enterprise LMS can drastically increase the resources needed to facilitate eLearning. Another feature that can improve your organization’s ability to facilitate eLearning for extended enterprises is learner submission of performance details.

5 Essential CME LMS Features for Your Healthcare Association

Web Courseworks Associations

Facilitating CME in a manner that empowers all interested members to engage with it can be a task easier said than done if your CME LMS isn’t an impactful solution. Instead, you should seek a CME LMS that can facilitate virtual events alongside CE programming.

2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

Grants management software (GMS) is the lifeblood of most foundations — providing tools for collecting, reviewing, and choosing grant proposals, and the data to evaluate their impact. 2020 will be remembered as the year that changed grantmaking.

Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

Amy Sample Ward

This person will take the helm on laying out tasks in a sequence, informing other staff of their roles and assignments, and providing assistance to people as they complete their parts of the evaluation. Consider using an outside facilitator to help develop questions and protocol and to help identify themes from your data. [Note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change.

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Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

International Training Work: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world. This past year I had the honor of facilitating an intense training in Tunisia in January for Women Entrepreneurs that included leadership, entrepreneurship, business planning, and communications. I also designed and facilitated a nonprofit leadership institute at Pepperdine University.

Conversational Case Study: How Does Your Organization Vet Online Contest Opportunities?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine and I have been working on an evaluation of the second America’s Giving Challenge. As part of the process, we are facilitating “Conversational Case Studies” that explore some of the themes that have surfaced from surveys. This case study explores how a small nonprofit, Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) , a contest winner in the first and second America’s Giving Challenges, is using social media effectively.

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

As I’m sure many of you already know, much of this work, whether it’s building up the community, working on engagement, listening, evaluation, or anything else, relies on a strategy continues to come back around to the planning elements and through to evaluation, over and over. From listening, to creating to evaluating and then back to the listening again so that you can modify and then evaluate, and so on.