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Project Impact PDX: Building Capacity To Prove & To Improve

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Program Schedule

Monthly half-day sessions from January to July 2017, on third Tuesdays from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Cost Per Organization

$4,500 NAO Member
$5,000 Nonmember
For at least two and up to five leaders per organization (Partial scholarships may be available. Please include discount requests in your application.)

Produced in Partnership with Project Impact PDX

This series is produced in partnership with Project Impact PDX. Applications are being accepted through the Project Impact PDX website. Apply by January 1, 2017.


Program Details

Steve Patty, PhD, Founder & Principal, Dialogues in Action, LLC

Purpose: Develop capacity to prove and improve impact.

Everyone tasked with the responsibility of making a difference in the lives of others needs a way to evaluate impact. This project is designed to build capacity in you and your team to evaluate your impact in credible and convincing ways. Teams from over 150 nonprofits have participated in Project Impact over the past few years from all across North America. This project will give you innovative and proven techniques for gathering data, analyzing data, rendering findings, and leading people and organizations through evaluation. At the completing, you will have a report of your impact to use for engagement and strategy. To see examples from recent cohorts, see one of the Project Impact report compendiums currently on View the Gumpert Foundation report. View the Southwest Washington report.


  • Convene teams of high-capacity leaders from 8 to 10 organizations in a learning community
  • Provide graduate-level training in half-day modules once a month
  • Interact in monthly coaching conversations to customize and embed learning
  • Design and execute fresh evaluation strategies
  • Produce quantitative and qualitative findings to demonstrate and improve impact

Each participating organization will emerge with:

  • 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


About the Presenter

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.