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  • 05/16/2023 10:51 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Director of Impact and Innovation at A Better Chicago (ABC)

    About the Organization:

    A Better Chicago is a venture philanthropy that invests in the most promising nonprofits helping children escape poverty. We’re a supercharger. We have provided more than $65 million in unrestricted funding and management support to help the nonprofits in our portfolio grow. Our donors want to make pivotal, well researched investments that lift the outlook for our city. 

    ABOUT THE POSITION - Director of Impact and Innovation

    A Better Chicago aspires to raise the bar on analytic rigor in philanthropy and for our brand to connote excellence to those we fund and those who aspire to be part of our portfolio. The Director of Impact and Innovation will lead organizational efforts to strategically deploy internal, externally sourced, and publicly available data. The successful candidate will work across the organization to build an integrated set of systems that enable ABC staff, portfolio organizations, and the board to use data and analytics to improve daily decision-making and long-term planning. This person will develop and lead the implementation of a data strategy that facilitates data-driven investment decisions, monitors the aggregate impact of the portfolio, and prepares data for use in external publications. This is a critical role for A Better Chicago and represents a unique opportunity to join an entrepreneurial organization making a profound impact on the Chicago region. 

    APPLICATIONS DUE BY: May 26th, 2023

    TARGETED START DATE: Late June 2023

    LOCATION: Chicago, IL 

    For more information, please visit www.abetterchicago.org

    Job Description attached here. 

  • 05/10/2023 9:54 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Program Manager, ECHO Evaluation

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, is seeking a detail-orientated professional with program evaluation and quantitative/qualitative data analysis experience. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Quality Analytics and Evaluation, this role will manage the measurement, analytics, and evaluation activities for AAP ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) and other quality initiatives, programs, and trainings.

    Read more and apply here!

  • 04/24/2023 10:28 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    About PIE

    Planning, Implementation & Evaluation Org (PIE) is a Chicago-based, national provider of evaluation, capacity building, and strategic planning services. Our mission is to build the capacity of our clients to evaluate impact, promote learning, and facilitate equitable change. We are a growing, dynamic organization, and looking for a somebody who can support our growth in a fast-paced environment. These roles have significant room for growth and professional development. 

    Job Descriptions:

    The Senior Research Associate at PIE Org will be responsible for moving evaluation and research projects forward through data entry, data collection, literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative analysis and reporting, as well as other administrative tasks such as scheduling and note-taking, as assigned. This position is also responsible for attending various program meetings and preparing follow-up documentation. Proactive communication and solution seeking is an integral aspect to this work, as is the ability to work with minimal guidance. The associate may be asked to lead small evaluation projects and conduct more robust quantitative analyses, as appropriate. 

    The Research Associate at PIE Org will be responsible for moving evaluation and research projects forward through data entry, note-taking, data collection, literature reviews, qualitative analysis, scheduling, and other administrative tasks, as assigned. This position is also responsible for attending various program meetings and preparing follow-up documentation. As a person grows and learns in this position, there will be opportunities to lead their own evaluations and conduct quantitative analysis, as appropriate. This job requires travel to partner organizations around the Chicagoland area and prioritization of tasks to balance the 10-15 different projects assigned throughout the course of a year. Considerable flexibility and accommodation is needed. Client priorities, needs, and expectations often change throughout the course of a project; therefore, the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner, prioritize time, and be responsive is critical to success. This position will work remotely a majority of the time. We are looking for somebody who organized, detail-oriented, and is excited to learn about how evaluation and strategic planning help build stronger nonprofit organizations. 

    Learn more about each position and how to apply here (Page 1&2 for SRA

    and Page 3&4 for RA): Research Associate and Senior Research Associate.pdf 

  • 03/17/2023 9:11 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    The RFP (Request for Proposals) is OPEN for the 2023 Annual CQI Conference: CQI is a Journey, Not a Destination


    The CQI Community invites you to submit a proposal for the 2023 Annual CQI Community Conference. This year's theme is CQI is a Journey, Not a Destination. The conference will be held October 11 & 12, 2023 at the IHotel in Champaign, IL.

    We are seeking proposals for workshops that feature innovative quality improvement strategies, methods, and tools that are practical, proven, or promising. We are looking for presentations that speak to the impact and/or practical application of the chosen topic. Well-designed workshops with concrete tools and solutions are sure to provide attendees with the best experience possible.

    Find all the details on what type of presentations styles we are looking for, a list of suggested topics, and how to submit a proposal for this year's CQI Conference on our website: https://cqi.cfrc.illinois.edu/con_info.php
    Please email the cqicommunity@gmail.com with any questions.


    RFP’s are due Friday, April 21, 2023. To submit the RFP, use this link: https://forms.gle/kvSF7VhRZAuKxruXA


    If you want to learn more about submitting an RFP, we have a virtual information session coming up on Tuesday, April 4, 2023: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYldOuorD0qHdJ9WqlXNfqDfRBRRCsRn3Rb

  • 03/01/2023 9:02 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Lead Director of Data and Evaluation Overview:

    The Lead Director of Data and Evaluation uses strategy development, evaluation expertise, and analysis skills to power the organization with data to inform decisions and learn to continuously improve our practices. This organizational leader collaborates with all department heads across the organization as well as manages two full-time direct reports. 

    Position Summary:

    The Lead Director of Data and Evaluation is responsible for dedicating their time to developing, overseeing, and implementing Urban Initiatives’ data and evaluation strategy. This strategy is directly aligned with the organization’s strategic plans and goals around Reach, Quality, Impact, Sustainability, Talent Management, and  Visibility Raising. They oversee implementation and goal achievement for all data and evaluation activities to foster a positive data culture and ensure the organization’s data needs are met.

    Apply no later than March 10, 2023.

    Target Start Date is March 29, 2023.

    Learn more and apply here!

  • 02/23/2023 2:22 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    The Samuels Group, based in NY City, is looking to add to their group locally in Chicago!

    They are interested in finding experienced evaluation consultants/freelancers in Chicago to collaborate with. Due to the nature of the upcoming work, they prefer to expand by engaging evaluators of color and those who are bilingual in Spanish and English. They have a strong ethos around equity and inclusion. In addition, their work is always done at the side of people whose lives are impacted by the programs they study. 

    They anticipate that the on-the-ground work in Chicago will be mostly qualitative. Although they may also bring on some local quantitative/survey expertise. 

    Please reach out to Judith Samuel and her team for more information! 

    Learn more about The Samuels Group here. 

  • 02/14/2023 11:39 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Greater Chatham Initiative

    Greater Chatham Initiative is proud to serve as a convener, collaborator, advocate, and fundraiser for Chicago’s four historic southside African American neighborhoods: Avalon Park, Auburn Gresham, Chatham, and Greater Grand Crossing.

    FoodLab Chicago

    FoodLab Chicago 4.0, is a continuation of the successful FoodLab Chicago 1.0 and 2.0 that was carried out during 2020 and 2021, respectively. FoodLab Chicago is facilitated through community partnerships. FoodLab Chicago 4.0 continues to provide specialized food-industry business knowledge to mostly mature businesses in four historically black Chicago neighborhoods—Greater Grand Crossing, South Shore, Englewood, Bronzeville, Chatham, and Avalon Park. FoodLab Chicago utilizes a place-based familiar cohort model comprised of restaurateurs. In-person technical assistance will be given to the owner/operators of up to 16 food businesses that are listed below, some of which form the corridor nuclei of Restaurant Row on East 75th Street and East 71st Street corridors in Chicago. 

    Project Deliverables:

    1. Develop and execute pre program survey

    2. Develop and execute post program survey

    3. Follow up with post program survey at the point that cohort members exit the program

    4. Conduct data analysis of program metrics and synthesize data into narrative for grant reports

    5. Provide baseline metrics and local goals specific to FoodLab Chicago 4.0 on or before the below due dates

    6. Lead and write the project evaluation 

    Full description attached!

    Email Tamieka Hardy (tamieka@greaterchathaminitiative.org) for further details and application!

  • 02/03/2023 1:44 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Job Title: Senior Evaluation Coach

    Reports to: Director of Evaluation

    About PIE

    Planning, Implementation & Evaluation Org (PIE) is a Chicago-based, national provider of evaluation, capacity building, and strategic planning services. Our mission is to build the capacity of our clients to evaluate impact, promote learning, and facilitate equitable change. We are a growing, dynamic organization, and looking for personnel who can support our growth in a fast-paced environment.

    Job Description

    A Senior Evaluation Coach at PIE Org is responsible for leading a diverse array of projects, staff, and clients through multiple evaluation cycles in a culturally competent and responsive manner. Primary work includes the strategic leadership of external evaluation work (i.e., formative, summative, process), evaluation coaching to help organizations build their internal evaluation capacity, and the supervision and management of PIE Org staff to do this work. Most evaluation work will be conducted in the content areas of education, social service programs, philanthropic initiatives and collaborative networks—and PIE is always expanding its portfolio of work.

    Full job description and application instructions attached here!

  • 01/30/2023 2:11 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    The Pediatric Practice & Health Care Delivery team at the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare seeks an expert in evaluation to provide extensive data and analytic expertise to the National Pediatric COVID-19 Training Center in coordination with the internal and external project team, as well as identify areas for quality improvement (QI).


    Manager, Infection Prevention and Control Evaluation (Grant Funded)


    Sr Manager, Infection Prevention and Control (GF)


    Provide extensive data and analytic expertise to the National Pediatric COVID-19 Training Center in coordination with the internal and external project team. Identify areas for quality improvement (QI).

    Job posting and application can be found here

    Mgr Infection Prevention.docx

  • 12/09/2022 10:29 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)
    The Executive Board of CEA has two items for your consideration on the ballot this year. The ballot will close at 10:00pm CST on Saturday, December 17th. Active CEA members each may cast one vote.

    The two items on the ballot are the election of a Secretary and Treasurer. Elections for these positions are decided by a simple majority of votes cast.

    CEA Members will receive the ballot in their inbox on 12/12/22.

    The slate of candidates for each position includes:

    Secretary (2):

    Toi Wise

    As a member of CEA who has been with the organization for just over a year, I am truly honored to be nominated for the Secretary position. My true engagement in CEA began as a 2021 scholarship recipient, which afforded me the opportunity to attend the 6th Annual CREA conference. From this initial introduction, I felt welcomed and truly as if I was now a part of the evaluation community. Since then, I have continued my membership through engagement in numerous CEA events. It is my hope that I will be given this opportunity to become even more involved in CEA to support this organization, and both learn with and learn from others in this field.

    While it is essential for the nominee to be able to handle all of the tasks of this position, it is also essential for them to be passionate about this work. I currently serve as an Evaluation and Data Specialist, where I lead the planning and execution of an annual evaluation, analyze various data for grant reporting, foster evaluation capacity building, and support general evaluation and data needs. I was also recently a 2022 member of Evaluation Pathways Initiative’s first cohort of the Emerging Evaluators program. My other experiences include working with a consulting firm to assess youth programs and serving as a member of a research group to study evaluation methods for measuring program quality and success. I also hold a Master of Education in Youth Development from UIC. Prior to entering the evaluation field I worked for CPS in various capacities. I now strive to continue to foster positive youth development and promote equitable opportunities for success through my work as an evaluator. I am truly eager to grow in this field and I know that that comes from engaging more and being open to learning.

    I feel that I am the right candidate for this position because I will be taking on this role with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a proactive mindset. In my current role as an Evaluation and Data Specialist, I am engaged in many of the tasks associated with the secretarial responsibilities. For example, collaboration is also an essential aspect of the Secretary position; I regularly engage in collaborative meetings and conversations with my team to support them in their work. I believe that this collaborative approach is critical to this role, as it will assist with ensuring that I am supporting this organization and its members from a position that truly seeks to meet their needs. Additionally, I am required to create agendas and take notes for monthly meetings that I facilitate with my team. I also effectively manage my day-to-day calendar keeping it up-to-date with tasks pertaining to my work and also engaging others who I need to collaborate with; which would assist with creating and/or maintaining a master calendar for the organization. I also understand that being proactive is important, and it is my goal to bring that mindset to this position in hopes of finding ways to better support CEA members. Serving as CEA Secretary would be an opportunity for me to serve the Chicagoland evaluation community while also growing within it, and I hope that I am given the opportunity to do so.

    Margaret Halquist

    Margaret Halquist is an artist and researcher currently situated in Chicago. She has an MA in Arts Administration and Policy ('21) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her interests are at the intersection of cultural programming, philanthropic strategies, and impact evaluation. From 2016-2018 she collaborated with asylum seekers, the UNHCR, and UK nonprofit, Refugee Info Bus in Greece to create a comprehensive video series of pressing issues for new arrivals. Since arriving in Chicago, she's been working with consultants as they create equity roadmaps for foundations and other nonprofit organizations. She is also currently the volunteer coordinator for English language classes at C.LA.D.O where language, culture, and diversity are celebrated. She also maintains a studio practice focusing on public sculpture and installation, periodically showing at alleys around the city.

    Fulfilling the Secretary Leadership role is an exciting opportunity as a new member of the Chicago Evaluation Association. As an unceasing notetaker and learned project manager, I will be able to create ease and flow in the programming, membership updates, and the many pieces that aid this volunteer-run association. In addition, I hope this can be an opportunity for me to engage with CEA on a new level.

    Treasurer (1):

    Christina Iyengar

    Christina Iyengar, Dr.PH, MPH is the lead evaluator for Building Early Connections (BEC) at Rush Medical University in Chicago. She leads with expertise in providing public health grant evaluations strategies and alignments for federally funded programs. Before joining Rush's BEC team, she worked as an Evaluation Strategist for Public Health Consulting and has several years of experience supporting the CDC evaluation team on a collaborative chronic disease prevention grant. She provided technical assistance to grantees and contributed to the national evaluation plan. Her career has been very diverse, being able to work for academia, non-profit, state and federal agencies. She describes herself as a passionate qualitative experimental evaluator, adding rich contextual data to quantitative evaluation methods, which a focus on culturally responsive evaluation approaches. Christina leads a health equity study at Rush and is always ready to learn more about people, places, and life. 

    Christina has greatly enjoyed working with CEA in professional development, networking and leadership opportunities and would like to support CEA's community by serving as a Treasurer.

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