• 04/17/2019 4:54 PM | Jillian Papa

    Serving under the direction of the director of or vice president for program strategy, the program officer is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities, and executing programming efforts that are aligned with the organizational direction. The program officer will work closely with other staff to ensure integration and coordination of efforts.

     

    Additional Info

    • Substantial work experience within or partnered with public health systems or food production and distribution systems and a solid understanding of community engagement in those systems.
    • Build and maintain strong, authentic relationships and act as spokespeople, effectively communicating the foundation’s goal of working with communities to improve the lives of children.
    • Familiarity with public health networks as well as experience developing robust partnerships across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development along with local, regional, and national networks of contacts is desired.

     

    Education/Experience

    • Master’s degree in a field relevant to assigned areas is preferred. Minimum five years’ experience in fields relevant to assigned responsibilities. Preference for significant relevant work experience (8+ years) with strong networks and contacts, as well as a broad, generalist background with deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, networking, and community change. Knowledge, skills and experience in racial equity, community engagement and/or leadership development.
    • Successful experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    • Spanish language written and spoken fluency desired.
    • Foundation or nonprofit experience helpful.
    • Experience working in a high performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture.
    Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: WKKF-POFHWB@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.


  • 04/12/2019 5:06 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Chicagoland Evaluator: Member feature

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    Using evaluation to inform policy: Tips for evaluators

    an interview with Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

    For this edition of The Chicagoland Evaluator, Dr. Rafiqah Mustafaa, Evaluation Coach at Planning, Implementation, Evaluation Org interviewed Dr. Anne Farrell, Director of Research at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Below, Rafiqah shares Dr. Farrell’s valuable tips on how readers might conduct rigorous translational research and evaluation that can be useful for decision-making.

    1. Deeply examine the theory of change. This is an essential component of any project because it helps the evaluator or researcher to understand the logic behind the policy or program being examined. To understand this logic, Dr. Farrell suggests asking questions like what is this program/policy trying to accomplish? And who is involved in implementation?These answers provide a realistic idea of how the program operates, the outcomes that matter, and where our work can have the most impact. Too often, measurement of implementation is ignored, making it impossible to know what components are responsible for change (or lack thereof).

    2. Seek the perspectives of various stakeholders including the policy’s intended beneficiaries and frontline workers. Inquiry into the effectiveness or impact of a policy or program involves an informed, collaborative dialogue. As evaluators, we have perspectives that shape our inquiry; however, there are many things we don’t know, or can’t know, because of our particular vantage points. It is important that we understand the perspectives of the beneficiaries, frontline workers, and other stakeholders, and use those perspectives to inform our evaluation process. In particular, equity-oriented evaluation efforts need to tap the perspectives of community members and individuals who are intended to benefit from initiatives and programs.

    3. Study in depth the policy and its related regulations. Policy-oriented evaluators need to understand deeply the policies of interest in order to align evaluation to inform policy. To do this, evaluators can ask questions like what are the regulations associated with this policy?And how are the intended beneficiaries affected when laws, regulations, or appropriations change?  By answering these questions, evaluators are better positioned to provide insightful analyses and relevant recommendations for decision-makers.

    4. Focus on collecting data that is needed and useful. Dr. Farrell shared that she has become a measurement “minimalist” as she’s evolved in her career. Very often, heads of agencies, frontline staff, and intended beneficiaries are required to collect and/or report data that is never actually used in evaluation. Policy-oriented evaluators need to have a clear understanding of the purpose of each data point. Knowing this, we can use a more intentional approach to measurement that focuses on collecting quality, useful data, and minimize demands on the individuals involved in the data collection process.

    This conversation with Dr. Anne Farrell highlighted that while evaluators bring to their work a range of interests, skillsets, and approaches, it is important to consider how we can be intentional in shaping our work to maximize its utility for policy and practice. 

  • 02/12/2019 8:44 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    EduDream is looking for an experienced research associate (3-5 years experience) with a passion to advance educational equity. It's a great opportunity for someone looking for flexible work hours. This can be either a part-time or consultant position. 

    Job posting: EduDream_ResearchAssociate_JobDescription2019_FF.pdf

  • 01/18/2019 10:53 AM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Planning Implementation and Evaluation Org (PIE) provides research and evaluation leadership to non-profit organizations throughout Chicagoland. They are currently seeking a research intern to assist PIE staff in helping organizations use their own data for decision making. 

    If you are interested, you can view the job description and email your reply to admin@pieorg.org by March 1, 2019.


  • 01/15/2019 8:09 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Milwaukee Evaluation association invites Chicagoland Evaluation Association members to attend its 2019

    Social Justice and Evaluation Conference

    Friday, March 15, 2019
    8:30am-5:00pm

    Goodman Community Center
    149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI

    Members of the Chicagoland Evaluation Association are eligible for a reduced registration cost of $80. 

    Keynote Speaker: Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com, formerly nonprofitwithballs.com

    Conference participants will also participate in several methods-based capacity building breakout sessions, network with peers across the state, and meet several emerging evaluators of color. Session abstracts will be posted soon.

    Registration includes light refreshments and lunch.

    To learn more and register, visit: https://evaluation.wildapricot.org/event-3198876

  • 01/11/2019 4:02 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation (IDPE) at Western Michigan University (WMU) is accepting applications for Fall 2019. The IDPE is dedicated to developing evaluation scholars and practitioners who have a deep knowledge of evaluation theory, methodology, and practice as well as superior critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    We are excited to announce that starting in Fall 2019, a limited number of associateships are available to doctoral students with a demonstrated interest in STEM education evaluation and/or research on evaluation in the 2-year college environment. These annually renewable associateships will include tuition, fees, and a stipend.

    The WMU Evaluation Center is home to EvaluATE, the evaluation support center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. In operation since 2008, EvaluATE (www.evalu-ate.org) recently received a new five-year grant that will support two doctoral associates from the IDPE program to work on the grant. Being admitted to the IDPE program is the first step toward consideration for an EvaluATE associateship. 

    If you’re passionate about research on evaluation and have an interest in or experience evaluating STEM education in the 2-year college environment, we want to hear from you. Start your application today. 

    Applications requesting financial support, including these associateships, are due February 1, 2019. So, don’t delay.

    Go to https://wmich.edu/evaluationphd/apply to access WMU’s online degree-seeking graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system.

  • 12/07/2018 12:57 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)
    Institution: American Institutes for Research (AIR)

    Title: Principal Researcher, Youth Development
    Mid-career (10+ yrs experience)
    Job Posting

    Institution: Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
    Title: Arts Data and Evaluation Specialist
    Early career (2+ yrs experience)
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    Title: Data Strategist
    Early career (4-5 yrs experience)
    Job Posting

    Institution: Chicago Zoological Society
    Title: Program Evaluation Specialist
    Early career (2+ yrs experience)
    Job Posting

    Institution: Heartland Alliance
    Title: Research Associate
    Early career (2+ yrs experience)
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    Institution: American Institutes for Research (AIR)
    Title: Education - Research Assistant (Quantitative)
    Entry Level
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    Institution: NORC at the University of Chicago
    Title: Survey Specialist
    Entry Level
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  • 11/29/2018 9:00 AM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    REIMAGINED: HUMAN SERVICES MANAGEMENT 
    Building our next generation of leaders to achieve greater results.

    Join us as we celebrate this one of a kind, first in the nation Masters level program which focuses strictly on Human Services Management/Leadership.

    You will see how National Louis University is working with Human Services leaders in Illinois to ensure our managers/leaders are gaining systems understanding, financial intelligence, performance measurement skills and a multi-dimensional understanding of the persons being served under each of the Human Service sectors.

    When: Thursday, November 29, 2018  9:00AM - 11:30AM 
    Where: National Louis University  122 S. Michigan Ave  Chicago, IL

    AT THIS INFORMATIVE EVENT YOU WILL:

    LEARN how your organization can be a partner in changing the landscape of how leaders are being developed with respect to organizational design, stewardship, continuous improvement, and management accountability.

    DISCOVER how your organization can participate in creating long-lasting solutions to the long term problems of Human Services.

    FIND OUT how to address the lack of qualified, well- trained managers as well as strengthening your succession planning.

    WALK AWAY with the secret ingredient for establishing a learning organization.

    LEARN why values, goals, and mission are so important.

    ENJOY breakfast and networking with other funders and providers.

    RECEIVE a copy of the revised and re-release of the book Getting It Done Right: Pragmatic Wisdom for Human Services Managers.

    ONE TIME OFFER to secure a partial scholarship to our Master's in Human Services Management degree for your organization.

    RSVP Today

    This event is FREE but seating is limited.

  • 10/23/2018 10:43 AM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Chicagoland Evaluation Association
    Quarterly Newsletter

    Dear CEA Members,

    The holidays are fast approaching which means it is time for CEA to plan our annual holiday event/business meeting! Every year on the second Tuesday of December we get together to hold elections and update our members on all CEA happenings in the prior year. This year, our meeting will be hosted by the Lincoln Park Zoo, courtesy of our Program Committee Co-Chair, Kathy Kiser. After the event stay and enjoy the complimentary parking to attend Zoo Lights!

    Also, the position of Secretary on the CEA Executive Board is up for election this year. If you are interested in running or know someone who may be a good fit, we encourage you to fill out the Nomination Form. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis until 11/20. Committee positions are also available on the Strategic Planning/Member Engagement Committee, Professional Development Committee, and the Communications Committee. Please reach out to us if you would like to learn more about these roles.

    If you will be attending the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference October 31-November 3 in Cleveland, we are hosting a meet up on Wednesday evening at 8:05pm. We will proceed to a local Cleveland restaurant for a dutch-treat dinner and networking. If you cannot make this meet up, we have also compiled a conference schedule featuring CEA members - so you can easily identify and support your fellow Chicago evaluators at the conference. 

    I hope to see you soon at an upcoming CEA event! As always, please feel free to reach us at connect@evalchicago.org if you have any questions or comments for CEA Leadership! 

    Best,

    Asma Ali


    Upcoming Events:

    Conquering Evaluation Challenges

    Wednesday, 10/24/2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    AIDS Foundation of Chicago,
    200 W Jackson Blvd, 
    Suite 2100, Chicago, IL

    Event Page: 
    https://www.evalchicago.org/event-3065432

    Meet Up at the American Evaluation Association Conference

    Wednesday, 10/31/2018
    8:05 PM
    Outside of poster session

    Event Page:
    https://www.evalchicago.org/event-3104267 

    Holiday Event and Annual Business Meeting

    Tuesday, 12/11/2018
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Event Page: 
    https://www.evalchicago.org/event-3084668

    Event Recap: 
    Evaluation and Community Collaboration (EC2) Conference


    On Thursday, August 30, 2018 CEA co-sponsored the EC2 Conference along with several groups from Northwestern including the Evaluation, Data Integration and Technical Assistance Program (EDIT) team, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, and Northwestern University Evaluation and Research Alliance (NU-ERA).

    The day began with a welcome from Joseph Podlasek from Trickster Art Gallery. The gallery's mission is to create a unique, contemporary view of Native arts, cultural education and awareness. Podlasek and his team offered opening words, a small ceremony and  blessing. It was a great reminder to be mindful of those that once occupied Chicago and the surrounding territory. The ceremony was the perfect lead into the keynote address, which was an interactive discussion centered around honoring your personal identities when conducting evaluation work. Efrain Gutierrez, the new Impact and Evaluation Manager for the Obama Foundation, was passionate and engaging. He encouraged the audience of evaluators and community members to “bring identifies forward” by “bringing our full selves to the work." He asked thought-provoking questions in order to engage the audience such as, “how or why have your identities brought you here today?”

    Following the keynote, the conference convened representatives from Northwestern University, community-based organizations and the Chicago Department of Public Health for a panel. They discussed their experiences working together on comprehensive, citywide HIV prevention projects since 2015. Northwestern University took an empowerment evaluation approach to assist agencies in implementing their HIV prevention programs throughout Chicago. The panel of diverse community-based organizations shared their experiences, with most reflecting that this was their first times being involved in the monitoring and evaluation of their programs. It was clear that all partners felt this was a tremendous learning opportunity.

    After lunch, the conference attendees were split into two groups to work through a few topics including: Partnership in Practice: Meeting Communities Where They Are; Empowerment vs. Extraction: Building Data Capacity in Organizations; and Comprehensive Collaboration: How Partnerships Can Help Us Address Health Disparities. To wrap up the day, attendees reconvened and shared highlights from their group discussions and ideas for action and next steps.


    American Evaluation Association Conference Sessions

    Thank you to the members who submitted their conference sessions. We look forward to stopping by and learning from you!

    CEA presenters at AEA.pdf 

  • 10/10/2018 9:39 PM | Cara Karter (Administrator)

    Chicagoland Evaluators interested in Indigineous Evaluation are likely familiar with Nicole Bowman's work. On October 10, 2018 Dr. Bowman will lead a pre-conference workshop at the National Indian Education Association Conference.

    If you are unable to attend, Dr. Bowman also shared this PDF chapter on Culturally Responsive Indigineous Evaluationhttp://bpcwi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/11.21.14-Book-Chapter-Galley-Copy.pdf

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