Evaluation and Program Impact Training on 11/13 in Portland

How can you design simple, elegant, and meaningful evaluation and mobilize stakeholders? Join NOVAA on November 13th to discover the answers to these questions and much more!


Location: June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217


Thursday, November 13th | 9 am - 12 pm


How to Meaningfully Measure Program Impact

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. 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 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). Each participant will also:

learn examples of techniques and experiences from programs across North America

renovate one of their own program evaluations

discover how to develop leadership capacity through evaluation

gain practical ideas for using findings to engage audiences and shape trajectories for the future.

Breakfast and registration begins at 8:30 am. Workshop is held from 9 am - 12 pm.

Cost: $60 for members of NOVAA and our partner associations* | $80 non-members

*Partner associations: ALIVE, DVPA, MVVMA, NOVA, WVDO, NAO


Register today!


Speaker: Dr. Steve Patty

Steve Patty has over 20 years of experience working in the field of evaluation. He holds a PhD from Trinity University in Chicago and has been trained at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former department chair at Multnomah University and visiting professor in the doctoral departments of business at the International University of Monaco. Dr. Patty has trained hundreds of nonprofit managers in evaluation design and has consulted with organizations and foundations throughout North America and internationally in evaluation, including the YMCA of the USA, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Canadian Evaluation Society, Vancouver Foundation, Community School Partnerships, Geneva Global, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and Lilly Endowment Inc., among others. He is a published author and frequent conference speaker.


The Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association (NOVAA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities to volunteer management professionals in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. Whether you are just beginning your career or are a seasoned professional, NOVAA offers something for everyone.


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