WE began 2020 with a bold commitment to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to engage in evaluation. No other initiative better illustrates our organization's commitment to build capacity for public good than Evaluation Without Borders, which matches evaluators to non-profits and community-based organizations seeking program planning, measurement, and evaluation services.
In line with the goals of the American Evaluation Association, we hope to not only create opportunities where local nonprofits can build their knowledge and skills to engage in evaluation, but to also create opportunities where evaluators can provide useful services and meaningfully engage with communities across the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.
For participating nonprofits, Washington Evaluators builds a team of DC-based evaluators interested in providing pro bono services. Teams work together on projects that vary based on the needs and assets of each nonprofit and community-based organization. The timeframe of each project will vary; however, a memorandum of understanding will be developed to establish expectations between evaluation teams and clients. Projects are likely to include on-site training on various planning, measurement or evaluation topics for local staff; developing performance measures or data collection instruments; reviewing data sets; assisting with evaluation design; or, conducting an evaluation study. After each project has been completed, Washington Evaluators will follow up with evaluation teams and clients in order to learn how the program can continue to be improved.
Evaluation Without Borders relies on volunteers to make this initiative a success. For evaluators and members of Washington Evaluators interested in providing pro bono support to nonprofits and community-based organizations, please click here to access our pro bono evaluator interest form.
For nonprofits or community-based organizations interested in working with professional evaluators, please click here to access our client interest form.
Special thanks to Evaluation Without Borders coordinator Laura O'Brien and Community Engagement Chair Emily Bango for leading the initiative this year.