At Treadwell, we are pursuing innovations in nonprofit program evaluation that prioritize equity, inclusion, and community leadership.
Last year, Treadwell Consultant Jordan Grover worked with organizers in the DC area to engage youth in leading their own evaluations at three local nonprofits. Her article “Research for Change: Piloting Initiatives for Youth-Led Evaluation” describes an exciting collaboration between nonprofit data professionals, youth participants, and students at American University.
The initiative showed that nonprofits can improve their service delivery by engaging their participants in defining their own evaluation strategies and program metrics. The “Participatory Evaluation” process goes beyond surveying and interviewing program participants by asking them to become leaders in designing research questions and indicators for how to measure the impact of the organizations that serve them.