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Nonprofit organizations -- Management, Nonprofit organizations -- Study and teaching, Evaluation research (Social action programs)

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6 pages


This month’s theme is Equity in Evaluation!

If you’ve been following along the past few months you may have seen that NPI is working with the latest cohort of our Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Program Evaluation to bring evaluation tools into their organizational equity work. Measuring progress toward our goals is a critical part of every organization’s learning, improvement and accountability to the communities we serve.

But what about the equity implications of how we actually do evaluation? What does it mean to employ an equity lens in our approach to evaluation itself—the questions we ask, the data we collect, and how we interpret what we find? How do we decide what counts as evidence, and how do we focus our attention where it matters most?

This month, we’re excited to introduce you to Jara Dean-Coffey of The Luminare Group, who joins us to talk about the Equitable Evaluation initiative and how it is shaking up the philanthropic sector. We hope you’ll find this topic as interesting as we do, and that you’ll share your thoughts with us!

Let the resources and insights we share in The Nonprofit Nerd inspire you to get your nerd on and find innovative ways to make research and data work for you and your nonprofit!


The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) is a collaboration with community stakeholders and representatives from PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, College of the Arts, the School of Business’ Impact Entrepreneurs program, and the School of Social Work’s Center to Advance Racial Equity.

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The Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University