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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(Continental breakfast provided)

Event Description

Evaluation: How to Meaningfully Measure Impact

Steve Patty, Ph.D., Founder & Principal, Dialogues in Action, LLC

Every program designed to serve people needs evaluation that is meaningful and engaging. Exceptional evaluation not only proves the value of the program to stakeholders, but also improves the program effect among those it is intended to serve. It can be powerful and formative for any organization--an act of true leadership.

Too often, however, evaluation fails to give us a crisp and clear picture of impact. It is frequently burdensome, perfunctory, or unwieldy--a chore to perform, not an exciting and incisive discovery of the keys to causing human impact. We tend to measure the wrong things in the wrong ways, making our evaluation inert. How can we evaluate better? How do we:

  • Design simple, elegant, and meaningful evaluation?
  • Develop leadership capacity among staff through evaluation?
  • Focus on impact and not just output?
  • Communicate results convincingly and with credibility?
  • Mobilize stakeholders to engage and staff to make data-driven program decisions?

In this workshop, participants will learn critical approaches to evaluation and how to use two practical tools—the Heart Triangle (a model to illuminate features of human impact) and the Evaluation Windows (a model to design a balanced and meaningful data-gathering approach).

About the Presenter


Steve Patty, Ph.D., Founder & Principal, Dialogues in Action, LLC

Steve Patty, Ph.D., spent over thirteen years as a professor and administrator in higher education before stepping out of the university to work with nonprofits. For the past ten years, he has been developing the capacity of agencies that work with people to design strategy, develop people, and evaluate impact. He has taught thousands of leaders throughout North America and internationally how to design and implement a kind of evaluation that gets below the surface and into the heart of human change and transformation. He has also been facilitating leadership development cohorts for public and nonprofit leaders in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He is an author and conference speaker.


$35 NAO Members
$65 Nonmembers

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November 29th, 2017 from  8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: The Commons
4080 Reed Rd. SE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97302
Event Fee(s)
Price $65.00
Event Particulars
City Salem
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Board Development and Governance, Leadership Development
Presenter Steve Patty
Event Region Northern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding