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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Light appetizers and drinks provided 

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Project Impact Oregon Summit: Developing the ability to prove and improve impact through evaluation

All of us who work in and with the nonprofit sector need a way both to prove and improve our impact. We need data to demonstrate that what we are doing is making a difference. We also need data to challenge us, illuminate areas where we can get better, and show us the way forward.

Over the last five years, hundreds of leaders from organizations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington have gone through a process of evaluating their own impact through Project Impact and Listening Lab cohorts. Increasingly, these organizations are seeing the value of doing evaluation for themselves and involving others in a participatory process that engages people, advances equity, and makes an organization more responsive and more strategic.

The inaugural Project Impact Oregon Summit will bring together leaders from nonprofit organizations, community organizations, governmental agencies, and charitable foundations to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas and to sharpen our practices of building capacity for evaluating impact.

The summit features concurrent affinity tracks followed by a general session with a series of 11-minute presentations of learning from the field. This interactive and engaging format will conclude with a networking reception. An optional “Showcase” of recently graduated Project Impact cohort members will follow.

Join us for this conversation and shared learning experience where we hope to:

  1. Connect - Inform and inspire the practice of doing participatory, self-studies of impact in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
  2. Improve - Bring forward emerging lessons, challenges to adoption, and the intersection with equity principles.
  3. Advance - Illuminate possibilities for self-study evaluation in the future.

Who should attend?

Track #1: Sustaining Practices of Evaluation: This affinity track is for Project Impact and Listening Lab alums who are working to continue a culture of learning in their teams and organizations.

Track #2: Designing Evaluation - An Introduction: This affinity track is for leaders who want to understand the fundamental principles of designing and implementing an evaluation of impact. Please register for this track if you are not a funder representative or alum.

Track #3: Building Capacity for Evaluation: This affinity track is specifically for funders who are supporting the work of organizations to study their own impact. This session is intended to create peer-to-peer connections for funders who are leading, investing, and working towards this aim.

Summit Agenda

2:00 p.m. – Welcome and Orientation: Vision for self-study evaluation 

2:15 p.m. – Concurrent Affinity Tracks (Choose one at registration)

Sustaining Practices of Evaluation
For Project Impact Alumni only
Designing Evaluation - An Introduction
For leaders and organizations new to Project Impact
Building Capacity for Evaluation
For funders doing work in evaluation only

Gain momentum for embedding and sustaining evaluation habits

Part 1: Principles and practices of building a sustainable culture of evaluation

Part 2: Developing a strategic plan for evaluation

Part 3: Illustrations from nonprofits that are sustaining evaluation

Moderator:  Jessamyn Luiz, Dialogues in Action

Conversation with: Metropolitan Family Services, Adelante Mujeres, Mission Increase Foundation, Just in Time for Foster Youth

Begin a process of learning how to think about the design of impact evaluation for your organization

Part 1: The five critical conceptual components of impact evaluation.

Part 2: Three models to guide the design of evaluation

Part 3: Evaluation in practice: Common pitfalls.

Moderator:  Steve Patty, Dialogues in Action

Capture the emerging learning from your fellow funders 

Part 1: Funders building capacity for participatory evaluations of impact

Part 2:The Common Outcomes Project in Edmonton

Part 3: Funders doing rigorous self-studies of their own impact.

Moderator:  Lauren Johnson, Social Venture Partners

Conversation with: Social Venture Partners, The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Portland Children’s Levy, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, City of Edmonton, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and others.

4:00 p.m. – View from the Field: What we are learning

  • Equity evaluation – Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • Community-led evaluation – Vision Keepers of the Siuslaw Region
  • Collective funder evaluation – Common Outcomes Project in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Vision for the future – Dialogues in Action

4:45 p.m. – Adjourn: Wine and cheese reception

5:30 p.m. – Showcase from Project Impact PDX 2018-2019 Cohort (optional)

Thank you to First Interstate Bank for making this event possible! 




At registration please select the affinity track that suits your place within this practice. If you need assistance with registration, contact NAO at or 503-239-4001 ext. 123.


June 18th, 2019 from  2:00 PM to  5:30 PM
Leftbank Annex
The Great Room
101 N Weidler St
Portland, OR 97227
Event Fee(s)
Affinity Tracks
Track #1: Sustaining Practices of Evaluation (Alumni) $0.00
Track #2: Designing Evaluation, An Introduction (Open session) $0.00
Track #3: Building Capacity for Evaluation (Funders) $0.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Networking, Program & Impact Evaluation, Public Meeting or Info Session
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Convening