Category Archives: Evaluation

Funding trends and the role of evaluation: Tips from our funder panel

By Robert Jakubowski, JVA Consulting The JVA evaluation team has the opportunity to work with diverse clients across the nonprofit sector. Rivaling the diversity of our clients is the diversity of questions our evaluation team is asked to address. Of … Continue reading

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Pay for Success: Thoughts on the new government funding model

By Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting After watching a live webcast from the White House last week about the Pay for Success: Investing in What Works model, a line from folk singer Doug Burr’s Graniteville is flowing through my mind: Wake … Continue reading

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SMS technology: A game changer

by Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting While some of the sessions at the 2010 American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference, which was recently held in San Antonio, Texas, were highly academic, others were easy to dive into. My views on the sessions … Continue reading

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JVA grant writers and evaluators to present at conferences throughout the country

by Collin Lessing, JVA Consulting In October and November, JVA Consulting will take its show on the road to the American Evaluation Association (AEA) 2010 Conference, which takes place in San Antonio, Texas and the American Association of Grant Professionals … Continue reading

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Been to the Denver Zoo lately?

Have you been to the Denver Zoo in the last five years? If the answer is no, the Denver Zoo wants to hear from you. In partnership with JVA Consulting, the zoo will hold several focus groups in Denver and … Continue reading

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Demystifying evaluation-speak

By Katie Zaback, JVA research associate Have you ever been in a room where two evaluators are having a discussion about the results of an evaluation? It’s not uncommon for those of us who love statistics to start using what … Continue reading

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Asking the questions that will shape your evaluation plan

By Randi Nelson Ph.D., JVA Senior Research and Evaluation Associate “Let’s see, we could do a focus group. I was in a focus group once,” says one staff member. “Wait, I’m not sure I know anything about actually developing one.” … Continue reading

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Logic models keep us from just “spinning our wheels”

By Nancy Zuercher, JVA Project Manager and Research Associate The University of Colorado Denver has a program that provides professional development to teachers of English language learners. Once a month, as the program evaluator, I get to join a meeting … Continue reading

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Elton John’s foundation continues to grow through evaluation

by Collin Lessing, JVA Marketing/Communications Coordinator The Nuggets and the Avalanche weren’t the only hot tickets at the Pepsi Center this week. Elton John and Billy Joel were in town on Monday night and performed in front of a sold-out … Continue reading

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