Purpose: Develop capacity to prove and improve impact


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

Duration: Every 2nd Monday of the month (1:30-5:00) for 6 months, February-June; September 2014

Cost/organization: (includes at least 2 and up to 3 leaders)

$2400 (Ends January 17, 2014)


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.

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.