Where to find Harder+Company at #eval19

Next week we will meet with our evaluation colleagues in Minneapolis at the upcoming Evaluation 2019, the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association. If you also plan to be there, we hope to see you at one of these sessions where our team will be presenting with clients and partners!

If you can’t join us in person, you can follow the conversations on Twitter via the hashtag #eval19, and on our feed @harderco.

Wednesday, November 13

Daunting or not, here we come: Becoming data-driven via human-centered design

Presented by: Kristina Gelardi and Taylor Anderson

In this workshop, explores strategies to build the capacity of staff and organizations to become data-driven. We will identify how human-centered design methods can help organizations overcome common barriers, understand their data, ask key questions, dive deeper, and connect their desire to use data with action. Leave with strategies to create a culture that values decision-making rooted in the use of data—learn more here!

Wednesday, November 13  |  05:45 PM – 06:30 PM  |  CC 101 F

Friday, November 15

Making sense of the map: Strategies for Ripple Effect Mapping analysis for systems change evaluations

Presented by: Kristina Gelardi and Gabriela Magaña

In this hands-on skill-building workshop, learn the basics of Ripple Effects Mapping (REM)—a participatory evaluation method used to diagram these direct and indirect effects, engaging stakeholders to document systems change outcomes via qualitative data collection. Its strength as a generative, visual, and interactive evaluation method also means that interpreting the results can be an iterative—and sometimes challenging—experience for evaluators. Learn more here!

Friday, November 15  |  08:00 AM – 09:00 AM  |  CC M100 A

Listening to the Locals: Using evaluation and learning tools to make place-based grantmaking more community-informed

Presented by: Sophia Lee

In this roundtable session, see how we used strengths-based evaluation and learning techniques with local stakeholders to refine the Sobrato Foundation’s nonprofit capacity building program. You will also participate in a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of crafting community-informed funding strategies while striving to nurture local relationships. Learn more here!

Friday, November 15  |  10:30 AM – 11:15 AM  |  CC 101 I

Youth at the Center at Every Step—From Design to Interpreting and Reporting Results

Presented by: Theo Leenman

In this panel session, learn how we used Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Human-Centered Design (HCD) approaches to amplify the voices of youth receiving housing services and wraparound care from Larkin Street Youth Services, a non-profit in San Francisco. You will walk away with deeper understandings of CBPR and HCD, and how they can be leveraged with cultural humility to gauge program effectiveness—learn more here!

Friday, November 15  |  02:15 PM – 03:15 PM  |  Hilton Marquette VI

Telling the Story of Over a Decade of Support: Using case studies to conduct a retrospective assessment of long-term funder support that aims to affect social change through movement building

Presented by: Sophia Lee and Taylor Anderson

In this session, we will share insights from using an investigative journalism approach to develop case studies assessing the impact of one foundation providing long-term general operating funds and network building support. Check out the approach we used and hear both the evaluator and foundation perspectives on how it captured their efforts to bolster advocacy and activism efforts over a sixteen-year period. Learn more here!

Friday, November 15  |  03:30 PM – 04:15 PM  |  CC M100 D