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Recorded Webinar Available: Increasing Capacity to do Evaluation

November 13, 2018

Date Recorded: Nov 7, 2018 11:00 AM Central Time
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Since 2008, organizations have experienced an increase in accountability around outcomes evaluation and a decrease in resources available to them. Agencies often receive funding for just one program, from multiple sources. This has been a prime factor in the need for increased accountability around outcomes evaluation. However, due to obstacles such as limited staffing resources and organizational knowledge to execute the data collection and analysis, data collection quality has suffered.

The purpose of proper data collection is not just to provide information to funders; but to cultivate a culture inside agencies that empowers them to use data to move services forward and provide the highest quality of services. “As funders, we have an opportunity to support and strengthen the quality of data we receive from organizations” states Dawn Helmrich, Director of Research and Evaluation at United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

This webinar explores how the outcomes evaluation landscape has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, the effect it has had on non-profits and what you, as a funder can do.

Dawn Helmrich shares her experience and knowledge of helping non-profits increase their capacity for outcomes evaluation. Dawn also shares tips and tricks to help agencies increase their data collection capacity, move their data forward and help reduce the load on agencies to get quality level information back to donors.

Dawn Helmrich is the Director of Research and Evaluation at United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. During her tenure she has helped develop the Community Outcomes Project into a nationally recognized model and works directly with the community to ensure that funded programs are meeting their outcomes. Dawn works to unsure that nonprofits have the capacity to do quality program evaluation through national trainings and workshops across the county. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Masters degree in Sociology. Dawn has a certificate from the U.S. Department of Education in statistics and survey development. She has worked at United Way for 13 years. Dawn has a passion for using data to improve the community.

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