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BONUS episode! Cultivating Interpersonal Effectiveness

Surprise! You (and we) thought we had finished up season 2, but then we had an opportunity to talk with some folks about an issue we think and care a lot about and we couldn't pass it up. Welcome to our bonus episode on cultivating interpersonal effectiveness (in the classroom and beyond). This season we talked (and learned) a lot about how to be better, more empathetic listeners, how to apply those skills as we help organizations build learning cultures, and how our academic colleagues are training the next crop of future evaluators in these skills. Interpersonal skills have been top of mind. Thus, we jumped at the chance to talk with a panel of actual experts on how to cultivate these skills in ourselves and among our colleagues. Our panel guests include: Libby Smith (she/they) is an organizational healing facilitator. As an experienced and holistic evaluator and educator, she excels at the human component of research and evaluation. Never one to shy away from crucial conversation...

--FEB 18
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BONUS episode! Cultivating Interpersonal Effectiveness

Evaluating international programs with Pau Aragay Marín

Welcome back! This month, we conclude Season 2 by talking with our old friend and colleague, Pau Aragay Marín. Pau is Director of Impact and Organizational Improvement at Educo. Educo is a global NGO that acts in defense of children, ensuring they are living humanely, particularly in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, and that their rights are protected. He oversees a team that is helping to set the strategy for their global impact and putting the systems in place to collect the data to articulate that impact. We spoke with Pau about the challenges of doing evaluation across geographic boundaries, using local resources for data collection, and how to use that evaluation data to make meaningful improvements to programming. Pau was candid about the challenges he’s up against in doing this work. We think these are challenges that will resonate with folks in the nonprofit sector, even if your work isn’t global. Thanks again for joining us. This is our final episode of the se...

--JAN 7
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Evaluating international programs with Pau Aragay Marín

Training Future Evaluators

Welcome back! This may surprise you, but, despite our girlish good looks and youthful dispositions, we aren't spring chickens. It's been a while since we were in school and we're a little out of touch with what young people are learning these days. Since today's students are tomorrow's professionals, we wanted to learn more about how our colleges and universities are training students to be evaluators. To do so, we invited a panel of evaluation professors to tell us all about their approaches to training students to be both smart consumers and producers of evaluation. Our three guests include: - Len Lopoo, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Professor Lopoo is also the Director of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School and the Maxwell X Lab, which uses behavioral science and RCTs to evaluate public and nonprofit initiatives. Professor Lopoo teaches statistics and progra...

--2019 DEC 3
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Training Future Evaluators

Building a Learning Culture with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

We talk this month with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky of Taylor Newberry Consulting, a program evaluation firm just outside of Toronto, Canada. Andrew and Ben chat with us about building a learning culture -- what it means and how foundations can help support their grantees in this effort. This discussion reminded us a lot of our conversation with Sammy and Scott from Arbor Brothers in the sense that it reminded us of all the ways in which funders can lead the way for promoting healthy evaluation and learning practices with their grantees. We'll share this episode with some of our funder friends and so should you!

--2019 NOV 4
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Building a Learning Culture with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Evaluation of Health Initiatives with Kerry Anne McGeary

This month we had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Kerry Anne McGeary at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kerry Anne is an economist who transitioned from a more traditional academic research role into the role of program officer at the Foundation. She is great to chat with -- she is smart but sensible; she is a skilled and experienced researcher but knows how to get things done in the real world; and she cares about her work and its impact! We pick Kerry Anne's brain about how to measure and track impact when changes to health culture and behaviors take so long to unfold; how she uses her training as a researcher to inform her work for the Foundation; and the role that culture can play in shaping health behaviors. We enjoyed learning from Kerry Anne and, as usual, think you will, too!

--2019 OCT 7
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Evaluation of Health Initiatives with Kerry Anne McGeary

Empathy in Evaluation

This week, Jen and Rebecca chat about the role that empathy can play in program evaluation. This chat was inspired by a workshop the Glass Frog team held internally a few months ago to discuss what empathy is, its importance for our work, and how we can become more empathetic as evaluators, consultants, and colleagues. We enjoyed that workshop and felt like it helped our team talk through some of the ways in which we are not always as empathetic as we could be. Having this conversation improved our work, so we thought y'all might find it useful as well! As always, we appreciate you listening and would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to ping us on the Contact Us page with your questions and thoughts!

--2019 SEP 3
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Empathy in Evaluation

Evaluating collaboratives with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe

Welcome back! This month we had the pleasure of talking with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe about evaluating community collaboratives. We define what collaboratives are, Susan and Kyrah's approach to evaluating them, and some of the fun and challenging aspects of working with collaboratives. Kyrah and Susan are both trained as community psychologists, so they approach all of their work from that perspective. We learned a lot and we think you will, too, so give it a listen! If you are interested in learning more about Susan and Kyrah's work or about community psychology in general, here are some useful links: Susan's consulting business: Susan Wolfe and Associates Kyrah's research group: Maternal and Child Health Equity Research and Evaluation Team Society for Community Research and Action The Community Tool Box American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group in Community Psychology

--2019 AUG 5
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Evaluating collaboratives with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe

Season 2 Trailer!

We are thrilled to be back for our second season of the Glass Frog podcast! If you're new to the podcast, we started it as a way of both connecting with people who were doing interesting work and learning about new topics related to measurement and evaluation. Season 1 was a lot of fun and we're looking forward to doing it all over again in season 2! In the coming weeks, we'll talk about evaluating community collaboratives, health evaluation, the role of empathy in evaluation, and many more topics. The first episode of season 2 will drop Monday, August 5th. We chat with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe about evaluating community collaboratives. We learned a lot from them and think you will, too! So please tune in! We'll continue to post episodes the first Monday of every month. They’ll be released through our website and on iTunes and Google Play, so please subscribe if you want to stay up to date each month.

--2019 JUL 29
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Season 2 Trailer!

E7: Survey design with Sheila Robinson

Last month, we talked with Justin Rivers of The Character Connection Initiative and he shared with us a story about a survey his organization undertook in order to measure growth on student outcomes. You can listen to that episode to hear some of the things that went well and not-so-well, but one of our takeaways from that episode is how hard it is to do surveys well! In our work, we're constantly butting up against problems with how to design good questions, how to tailor surveys to the needs and backgrounds of the participants, and how to implement surveys in dynamic and non-controlled environments. (And, also, how to get people to take our darn surveys!) Who better to chat with than Sheila Robinson about all of our questions? Sheila and her colleague, Kim Firth Leonard, recently wrote a book called Designing Quality Survey Questions that, you guessed it, provides sound advice on how to design quality survey questions. We got to chat with Sheila about a few of our most pressing qu...

--2018 DEC 3
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E7: Survey design with Sheila Robinson

E6: Evaluation at a small-scale nonprofit with Justin Rivers

Did you know that almost two-thirds of reporting public charities in the U.S. have an annual budget that is less than $500,000? (We learned that from Social Startup Success.) There are a lot of small organizations out there and it's tough to do evaluation when you're a one or two (wo)man show. In this episode, we chat with Justin Rivers, founder of The Character Connection Initiative (TCCI), a character education program serving the NYC region. Justin is a former middle school teacher and spent time as the lead educator for a character education nonprofit before starting his own organization. We chat about that transition in this episode, as well as how his experiences using and teaching character education in the classroom helped him see its value. We also chat with Justin about TCCI's approach to program evaluation, and the challenges he's faced along the way. Justin was an absolute pleasure to talk to. We would be remiss if we didn't also mention that he's kind of a Renaissance M...

--2018 NOV 5
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E6: Evaluation at a small-scale nonprofit with Justin Rivers
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Latest Episodes

BONUS episode! Cultivating Interpersonal Effectiveness

Surprise! You (and we) thought we had finished up season 2, but then we had an opportunity to talk with some folks about an issue we think and care a lot about and we couldn't pass it up. Welcome to our bonus episode on cultivating interpersonal effectiveness (in the classroom and beyond). This season we talked (and learned) a lot about how to be better, more empathetic listeners, how to apply those skills as we help organizations build learning cultures, and how our academic colleagues are training the next crop of future evaluators in these skills. Interpersonal skills have been top of mind. Thus, we jumped at the chance to talk with a panel of actual experts on how to cultivate these skills in ourselves and among our colleagues. Our panel guests include: Libby Smith (she/they) is an organizational healing facilitator. As an experienced and holistic evaluator and educator, she excels at the human component of research and evaluation. Never one to shy away from crucial conversation...

--FEB 18
Comments
BONUS episode! Cultivating Interpersonal Effectiveness

Evaluating international programs with Pau Aragay Marín

Welcome back! This month, we conclude Season 2 by talking with our old friend and colleague, Pau Aragay Marín. Pau is Director of Impact and Organizational Improvement at Educo. Educo is a global NGO that acts in defense of children, ensuring they are living humanely, particularly in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, and that their rights are protected. He oversees a team that is helping to set the strategy for their global impact and putting the systems in place to collect the data to articulate that impact. We spoke with Pau about the challenges of doing evaluation across geographic boundaries, using local resources for data collection, and how to use that evaluation data to make meaningful improvements to programming. Pau was candid about the challenges he’s up against in doing this work. We think these are challenges that will resonate with folks in the nonprofit sector, even if your work isn’t global. Thanks again for joining us. This is our final episode of the se...

--JAN 7
Comments
Evaluating international programs with Pau Aragay Marín

Training Future Evaluators

Welcome back! This may surprise you, but, despite our girlish good looks and youthful dispositions, we aren't spring chickens. It's been a while since we were in school and we're a little out of touch with what young people are learning these days. Since today's students are tomorrow's professionals, we wanted to learn more about how our colleges and universities are training students to be evaluators. To do so, we invited a panel of evaluation professors to tell us all about their approaches to training students to be both smart consumers and producers of evaluation. Our three guests include: - Len Lopoo, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Professor Lopoo is also the Director of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School and the Maxwell X Lab, which uses behavioral science and RCTs to evaluate public and nonprofit initiatives. Professor Lopoo teaches statistics and progra...

--2019 DEC 3
Comments
Training Future Evaluators

Building a Learning Culture with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

We talk this month with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky of Taylor Newberry Consulting, a program evaluation firm just outside of Toronto, Canada. Andrew and Ben chat with us about building a learning culture -- what it means and how foundations can help support their grantees in this effort. This discussion reminded us a lot of our conversation with Sammy and Scott from Arbor Brothers in the sense that it reminded us of all the ways in which funders can lead the way for promoting healthy evaluation and learning practices with their grantees. We'll share this episode with some of our funder friends and so should you!

--2019 NOV 4
Comments
Building a Learning Culture with Andrew Taylor and Ben Liadsky

Evaluation of Health Initiatives with Kerry Anne McGeary

This month we had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Kerry Anne McGeary at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kerry Anne is an economist who transitioned from a more traditional academic research role into the role of program officer at the Foundation. She is great to chat with -- she is smart but sensible; she is a skilled and experienced researcher but knows how to get things done in the real world; and she cares about her work and its impact! We pick Kerry Anne's brain about how to measure and track impact when changes to health culture and behaviors take so long to unfold; how she uses her training as a researcher to inform her work for the Foundation; and the role that culture can play in shaping health behaviors. We enjoyed learning from Kerry Anne and, as usual, think you will, too!

--2019 OCT 7
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Evaluation of Health Initiatives with Kerry Anne McGeary

Empathy in Evaluation

This week, Jen and Rebecca chat about the role that empathy can play in program evaluation. This chat was inspired by a workshop the Glass Frog team held internally a few months ago to discuss what empathy is, its importance for our work, and how we can become more empathetic as evaluators, consultants, and colleagues. We enjoyed that workshop and felt like it helped our team talk through some of the ways in which we are not always as empathetic as we could be. Having this conversation improved our work, so we thought y'all might find it useful as well! As always, we appreciate you listening and would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to ping us on the Contact Us page with your questions and thoughts!

--2019 SEP 3
Comments
Empathy in Evaluation

Evaluating collaboratives with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe

Welcome back! This month we had the pleasure of talking with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe about evaluating community collaboratives. We define what collaboratives are, Susan and Kyrah's approach to evaluating them, and some of the fun and challenging aspects of working with collaboratives. Kyrah and Susan are both trained as community psychologists, so they approach all of their work from that perspective. We learned a lot and we think you will, too, so give it a listen! If you are interested in learning more about Susan and Kyrah's work or about community psychology in general, here are some useful links: Susan's consulting business: Susan Wolfe and Associates Kyrah's research group: Maternal and Child Health Equity Research and Evaluation Team Society for Community Research and Action The Community Tool Box American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group in Community Psychology

--2019 AUG 5
Comments
Evaluating collaboratives with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe

Season 2 Trailer!

We are thrilled to be back for our second season of the Glass Frog podcast! If you're new to the podcast, we started it as a way of both connecting with people who were doing interesting work and learning about new topics related to measurement and evaluation. Season 1 was a lot of fun and we're looking forward to doing it all over again in season 2! In the coming weeks, we'll talk about evaluating community collaboratives, health evaluation, the role of empathy in evaluation, and many more topics. The first episode of season 2 will drop Monday, August 5th. We chat with Kyrah Brown and Susan Wolfe about evaluating community collaboratives. We learned a lot from them and think you will, too! So please tune in! We'll continue to post episodes the first Monday of every month. They’ll be released through our website and on iTunes and Google Play, so please subscribe if you want to stay up to date each month.

--2019 JUL 29
Comments
Season 2 Trailer!

E7: Survey design with Sheila Robinson

Last month, we talked with Justin Rivers of The Character Connection Initiative and he shared with us a story about a survey his organization undertook in order to measure growth on student outcomes. You can listen to that episode to hear some of the things that went well and not-so-well, but one of our takeaways from that episode is how hard it is to do surveys well! In our work, we're constantly butting up against problems with how to design good questions, how to tailor surveys to the needs and backgrounds of the participants, and how to implement surveys in dynamic and non-controlled environments. (And, also, how to get people to take our darn surveys!) Who better to chat with than Sheila Robinson about all of our questions? Sheila and her colleague, Kim Firth Leonard, recently wrote a book called Designing Quality Survey Questions that, you guessed it, provides sound advice on how to design quality survey questions. We got to chat with Sheila about a few of our most pressing qu...

--2018 DEC 3
Comments
E7: Survey design with Sheila Robinson

E6: Evaluation at a small-scale nonprofit with Justin Rivers

Did you know that almost two-thirds of reporting public charities in the U.S. have an annual budget that is less than $500,000? (We learned that from Social Startup Success.) There are a lot of small organizations out there and it's tough to do evaluation when you're a one or two (wo)man show. In this episode, we chat with Justin Rivers, founder of The Character Connection Initiative (TCCI), a character education program serving the NYC region. Justin is a former middle school teacher and spent time as the lead educator for a character education nonprofit before starting his own organization. We chat about that transition in this episode, as well as how his experiences using and teaching character education in the classroom helped him see its value. We also chat with Justin about TCCI's approach to program evaluation, and the challenges he's faced along the way. Justin was an absolute pleasure to talk to. We would be remiss if we didn't also mention that he's kind of a Renaissance M...

--2018 NOV 5
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E6: Evaluation at a small-scale nonprofit with Justin Rivers
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