Purpose: Develop capacity to prove and improve impact


  • Convene teams of high-capacity leaders from 8 to 12 organizations in a learning community.
  • Provide graduate-level training in half-day modules once a month.
  • Interact in monthly individualized coaching conversations to customize and embed learning.
  • Design and execute fresh evaluation strategies.
  • Produce quantitative and qualitative findings to demonstrate and improve impact.


7 monthly half-day meetings from January to July 2017


$5,000 (Discounts and scholarships may be available.  If you are interested in a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship section of the application.)


To be considered to join one of the 2017 Project Impact Cohort, please submit an application by one of the following deadlines:

  • SVP Early Learning Cohort: October 7, 2016
  • NAO Cohort: December 9, 2016



Each organization will have:

  • An evaluation of a key area of their impact
  • Tested instruments and protocols
  • Findings to communicate to stakeholders and constituents
  • Strategies for ongoing implementation
  • Internal capacity to design and implement evaluation
  • Evaluation partnerships with other leading regional nonprofits


Theory of Change:

Capacity is developed over time and with intention.  It requires instruction and practice in leading research techniques.  The best evaluation strategies are iterative, and so we will design and test strategies throughout the course.  We recognize the power of partnership, the enrichment of cross-pollination of ideas among like-minded organizations, the durable impact of a learning community, and the potential inspiration for a sector when exemplars are elevated.

What People Are Saying:


"My entire thought process has changed."

"Project Impact allowed us to change the way we gather and analyze data today; but more importantly it gave us the tools to embark on a new glide path for richer insight in the years to come."

"I now have better tools and a better understanding of how to conduct an effective evaluation, and what's most important for a meaningful evaluation."

"Evaluation has become a friend, and hopefully an even more dear friend over time."

"I'm inspired to challenge myself to lead more for deeper, qualitative impact."

"I now see evaluation as something organic and ongoing to be incorporated into everything I do, and to enjoy and grow with."

"Evaluation will be more meaningful for me, less rote, more personal, more of a conversation."

"I saw evaluation before as an evil piece of paperwork.  I look at evaluation now as a process to learn more about how to lead more effectively and motivate my staff more meaningfully."

"I now use evaluations as something that should live on well after the formal process has been completed."


Facilitating Faculty


Steve Patty holds a PhD from Trinity in Chicago, IL and has been trained at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has taught research courses at the doctoral level for academic institutions like the International University of Monaco, trained grantees for foundations like the Lilly Endowment, Inc., designed and delivered programs in capacity building in evaluation for organizations like the YMCA of the USA and Canada, and led research teams in North America and Europe.  

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