• 08/25/2023 12:05 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

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    Evaluation and Assessment as Healing: Towards Culture-Based Paradigms of Care

    Injury and illness. Anger, hostility, and destruction. Disregard, disrespect, and dishonesty. Betrayal. As scholars, practitioners, and as global citizens, we are surrounded by toxicity in ways that can make the ideals of CREA appear unattainable. Yet we embrace and embody the belief that people from distinct cultures can live together harmoniously, and that culturally responsive evaluation and assessment can offer guidance toward a more just future.

    The theme of CREA VII both acknowledges the pain and challenges us to engage in a culture-based paradigm of care that uses evaluation and assessment to promote healing and transformation. A culture-based paradigm of care guides us to understand culture and context, learn from and with communities, support actions toward health and healing, and seek effective ways to create more responsive environments for individuals, groups, and communities.

    Adopting a stance of care seeks to identify and avoid evaluation and assessment practices that demean or otherwise harm stakeholder groups. For example, the ground-breaking AERA publication on Fairness in Educational and Psychological Testing (Jonson & Geisinger, 2022) raises critical issues about the alignment of culturally responsive assessment with nurturing and cultivating talents and strengths vs. obscuring or pathologizing them. Finally, caring demands reflection upon our practices and their impact on current and historical contexts and authentically occurring, context-specific experiences.

    This theme is timely and expansive, leaving room to address healing people, healing the environment, and healing our systems and institutions. For example, this theme examines how evaluation and assessment can be viewed through a lens of care when applied to issues of:

    • Indigenous and minoritized populations
    • Educational and psychological assessment  
    • Environmental land policies and practices
    • Public health policies and practices
    • Civic Engagement
    • Philanthropy

     Jonson, J. L., & Geisinger, K. F. (Eds.). (2022). Fairness in Educational and Psychological Testing: Examining Theoretical, Research, Practice, and Policy Implications of the 2014 Standards. American Educational Research Association. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv2kzv0fw

  • 08/23/2023 8:12 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Position Summary

    Afterschool for Children and Teens Now Coalition (ACT Now) is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Research and Evaluation Graduate Student Fellow to join our dynamic team for the 2023- 2024 school year. This fellowship opportunity is designed to provide hands-on experience to graduate students pursuing degrees in fields related to research, evaluation, social work, or a similar discipline. As a fellow, you will have the unique opportunity to contribute to our organization's research and evaluation initiatives, gaining valuable skills and practical knowledge in the process. ACT Now is a statewide network that advocates for access to quality and affordable afterschool programs for youth within Illinois. We have diverse partnerships with families, educators, legislators, policymakers, community and youth leaders, and providers. We are the C. S. Mott Foundation-funded Statewide Afterschool Network, and we have a counterpart in all 50 states. Our offices are based in Chicago, IL. We are offering an in-person fellowship this 2023-2024 school year with hybrid work opportunities based upon candidates’ needs. The fellow who fills this position will have the opportunity to assist in ACT Now’s revision of our Statewide Afterschool Quality Standards Framework. Applicants must have excellent communications skills, a strong work ethic, an ability to take direction and work independently, and background in research, technical writing, evaluation, or social work. 

    Full Job Description attached here

    Learn more and apply here:


  • 08/14/2023 9:45 AM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Job Title:

    Project Manager, Quality Networks

    Job Description:

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, seeks an organized project manager to join our Quality Initiatives team in this newly created role. This position will provide project management to network quality improvement (QI) projects, including primary care and hospitalist networks, and Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes). This role will focus on clinical topics of mental health and substance use, and support QI project leaders with designing, implementing, and evaluating improvement activities.

    Read more and apply here!

  • 08/03/2023 1:53 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Registration is OPEN for the 2023 CQI Conference!

    The Conference will be held in person on October 11 & 12, 2023 at the I Hotel in Champaign, Illinois.

    The theme this year is CQI is a Journey: Not a Destination. The focus of this year's conference is Continuous Quality Improvement as an ever-changing journey, not a single destination. There are many routes and paths on the CQI journey. As leaders in CQI, you act as a tour guide, making sure everyone has a copy of the itinerary and has a good time while accomplishing what you set out to do. It can consistently feel like you are always in a new place trying to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings. What philosophies, tools, definitions, plans, processes or innovations do you need? How do you pivot when the path isn’t clear? What CQI essentials do you need to keep packed in your suitcase? This year’s conference will have presentations who can guide conference attendees to multiple destinations based on where they are in their journey and where they want to take themselves and their organizations. Let’s design an atlas for our growing CQI Community!


    Check out website for a full list of presenters and presentations: https://cqi.cfrc.illinois.edu/con_info.php

    Click this link to register for this year’s conference: https://my.socialwork.illinois.edu/eventreg/register.asp?id=1907


    Fee for Early Bird Registration (until August 1) will be $225. Thereafter, the fee will be $250. We are not able to issue refunds for cancellations after September 15, 2023. If you have any questions, please email cqicommunity@gmail.com.

  • 06/16/2023 12:45 PM | Brad Krueger (Administrator)

    Research and Evidence Analyst, Equity Science

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, is seeking an analyst experienced in health equity research and knowledge of anti-racist frameworks in medical research. This position will manage the analysis of race and health equity in clinical guidelines in close partnership with physician member leaders. Reporting to the Senior Director of Equity Initiatives, this position will synthesize and share findings with member experts, staff and other stakeholders. 

    Job Description

    To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit: https://www.aap.org/employment.

  • 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!

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