To 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 program evaluation that is practical and paced for social sector professionals.

  • 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.


Project Impact consists of 7 modules of content that build upon each other and exercises to help you implement what you learn in your organization.  Teams will have work to do between the modules and a coach to guide you each step of the way.  Our next 2019 cohort will be in Portland beginning in October. 

Portland Cohort - October 2019 through may 2020

This cohort will follow our traditional format of monthly half-day sessions for 8 months.  The cohort will be held in Portland on Friday mornings each month from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM.  The dates for this session are:

  • October 11

  • November 8

  • December 13

  • January 10

  • February 14

  • March 13

  • April 10

  • May 8

You can find more information in the timeline and FAQs about Project Impact.   

If you are unable to participate in a scheduled Project Impact cohort and are interested in convening a cohort for Project Impact in your area, please let us know!    

Cost PER organization: 

$5,000 for a team of up to 5 leaders from your organization.  NAO members receive a $500 discount for a total cost of $4500!  

**If you are interested in participating in Project Impact but are concerned about the cost, please let us know.  We may be able to offer payment plans or scholarships to assist with the cost.  


To be considered to join one of the 2019 Project Impact Cohort, please submit an application by September 6, 2019.  We'll be in touch soon after you apply to learn more about your organization and to make sure Project Impact is a good fit to accomplish what your organization is aiming for.  if you have any questions before you apply, please contact us at info@dialoguesinaction.com.  


At the end of Project Impact, each organization will have

  • A completed mixed method evaluation for a key area of their impact

  • Tested evaluation instruments and protocols

  • Findings and an evaluation report to communicate to stakeholders and constituents

  • Data-driven recommendations for program improvement

  • Strategies for ongoing evaluation

  • Internal capacity to design and implement evaluation for other programs or areas of impact within your organization

  • Evaluation partnerships with other leading regional nonprofits

our approach

We believe evaluation capacity is developed over time and with intention.  It requires instruction and practice in leading research techniques combined with practice to test ideas and develop skills.  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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