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Virtual Brown Bag: Causal Knowledge Mapping for More Useful Evaluation with Bernadette Wright & Steven E. Wallis

  • Tue, June 27, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar / Call-in


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Please join us for a presentation on Causal Knowledge Mapping for More Useful Evaluation with Bernadette Wright and Steven E. Wallis

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 27 from 12:00-1:00pm

Please register by June 25 to receive webinar details by email. A link will be sent in the reminder email within 24 hours of this event.

Causal Knowledge Mapping for More Useful Evaluation

As evaluators, policy makers, and program managers, we want our efforts to solve the problems of the world to be based on the best possible knowledge. Too often, however, that knowledge is not organized in a way that makes it easy to use for decision-making and action. As a result, too many programs fail to meet their potential.

“Causal knowledge mapping” is a technique for integrating and measurably improving knowledge from a broad range of sources. In this webinar, we’ll use real-world examples and interactive conversations to show three kinds of causal knowledge maps that can benefit an evaluation:

  • Collaborative maps to design programs that fit the local situation
  • Literature maps to identify and improve upon effective practices
  • Evaluation findings maps for continual improvement


Bernadette Wright, PhD has two decades of experience in program evaluation and policy research. She is Director of Research & Evaluation at Meaningful Evidence, LLC, where she helps non-profits to leverage research to strengthen their programs, demonstrate their value to funders, and influence policy. Recent clients include National Alliance for Caregiving, NMAC (formerly National Minority AIDS Council), and Howard University. She also frequently speaks and writes on evaluation and research methods for social impact organizations. She earned her PhD in Public Policy/Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Wallis has a decade of experience as an organization development consultant, providing collaborative facilitation to businesses and non-profits. His award-winning academic work has broken new ground to support the rigorous analysis and objective improvement of theories, policies, strategic knowledge maps, and strategic plans. Dr. Wallis also works at Capella University – mentoring doctoral candidates. Additionally, as director for the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST), he supports emerging scholars working to identify rigorous paths for improving theory, policy, and strategic knowledge. An interdisciplinary thinker, his publications cover a range of fields including ethics, science, management, organizational change, and policy. Finally, Dr. Wallis serves as a Fulbright Specialist consulting on theory, policy, and strategy to improve the capacity of academic institutions.

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