There is often a steep learning curve to develop the skills and expertise necessary to evaluate complex programs and initiatives. We provide tailored training and coaching to support organizations’ learning and growth in the evaluation field, and supplement their evaluation capabilities with ongoing technical assistance. Through long-term project engagements, we also build the evaluation capacity of our clients internally over time.
Innovation Network provides comprehensive trainings, either in person or online, on a number of evaluation topics, including:
We have trained thousands of individuals over the past two decades. Additionally, the Point K Learning Center houses collaborative tools for planning and evaluation, and features a searchable database of almost 500 free online resources for evaluation and capacity building. More than 20,000 people worldwide are registered users of Point K.
Innovation Network has worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for more than a decade, building capacity throughout the Foundation to develop a results oriented culture. We provide performance measurement and management support to staff and teams, focusing on data collection, organizational learning, and strategy improvement for grantmaking. We also support Casey staff in visualizing their performance measurement data in the form of dashboards, which are used as internal reporting tools for Foundation leadership. Drawing on our broad knowledge of social service strategies—including advocacy and influence—we harness data collection and analysis expertise to enable Casey staff to document performance, recognize patterns and trends, and understand what works.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations contracted with Innovation Network to lead evaluation capacity building trainings with grantmakers. The purpose of these trainings was to increase grantmaker attention to evaluation, build knowledge and skills about evaluation, and prepare grantmakers to engage with grantees to conduct evaluations. We covered a mix of conceptual and practical topics, ranging from the big-picture role of evaluation and trends in the field, to the readiness of individual grantmakers to engage in evaluation with grantees, and practical planning to support grantee evaluation. We also developed a series of two-hour webinars to further develop topics that were commonly raised in the trainings. Our technical assistance touched on topics such as:
Innovation Network is providing evaluation coaching and technical assistance to a cohort of the Commonwealth Fund’s grantees. Through this engagement we assist Fund grantees to identify appropriate outcomes for their work, to assess their contribution to policy and/or practice change, and to build evaluation practices that result in more robust and informative reports to the Fund. Innovation Network’s partnership will build grantees’ understanding and skills for sustained monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices, allowing grantees to better understand their work and generate actionable insights for improvement.
ISEAL is the global membership association for sustainability standards—a set of criteria defining good social and environmental practices for an industry or product. While much of their past work has been technical, strategy discussions over the last few years revealed that policy-related work would be very important to their members in the future. With this in mind, ISEAL staff developed and implemented their first advocacy strategy, and in implementing this strategy, found that key omissions in their theory of change made it difficult to plan how to have the greatest impact globally.
In order to deepen organizational strategy planning in this area, and to identify relevant data collection methodologies, ISEAL contracted with Innovation Network for planning and evaluation services. Innovation Network conducted background research, facilitated work sessions with staff to develop goals, indicators, and targets, and developed advocacy evaluation guidance notes. This type of capacity building partnership was ideal for ISEAL to build skills and move forward with the evaluation internally with their own evaluation staff and M&E practice.