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Getting to What Matters

University of Portland Westside Campus 15220 NW Laidlaw Rd., Suite 230

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


University of Portland – Westside Campus
15220 NW Laidlaw Rd.
Suite 230
Portland, OR 97229
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This event is produced by Washington County Nonprofit Network (WCNN). Registration is through the WCNN website. For questions, contact [email protected].

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

All of us who work with people need a way both to prove and to improve our impact in the lives of those we serve. We need data to demonstrate what we are doing is making a difference. We also need data to show us how to get better. We need better ways to evaluate what really matters.

Too often, however, evaluation fails to give us a crisp and clear picture of impact. It is frequently burdensome, perfunctory, and 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 and tiresome. How do we make our evaluation better?

How do we:

  • Design simple, elegant and meaningful evaluation?
  • Focus on impact and not just output?
  • Develop leadership capacity through evaluation?
  • Mobilize leaders and stakeholders to make data-driven decisions?
  • Demonstrate the value and impact of our programs to potential funders?

Based on the work of over a decade of capacity-building with hundreds of programs and agencies across North America, this workshop will provide innovative thinking and proven technique to help us prove and improve our impact.

About the Presenter

Dr. Steve PattySteve has consulted in strategy, leadership development and impact evaluation for national organizations such as the YMCA of the USA and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, international organizations like MEND Central and Josiah Venture, and regional organizations like the nonprofit sector Labor Management Partnership of British Columbia.

He has designed and delivered regional leadership development programs for senior executives in nonprofit leadership (such as the Fellowship in Developmental leadership in Portland OR and Vancouver BC), leadership training for management teams (such as the City of Surrey), and leadership courses for young executives (University Club of Portland), among others.

Steve served as professor and department chair at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon where he taught courses in Leadership, Management, Educational Psychology, Research, Curriculum Development, and Human Development, among others. He then served as adjunct professor in research for the Ph.D. program in Business at the International University of Monaco.

He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and has been trained at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His expertise lies in design of education and training, strategy and program development, and impact evaluation and measurement. He is a published author and frequent public speaker.