Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Using Data to Understand Community Conditions and Inform Programmatic Efforts

Session Number: 2978
Track: Needs Assessment
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Capacity Building Evaluation, Community Partnerships, Data-Driven Organizations, evaluation use
Session Chair: Brandi Renee Gilbert [Associate - Urban Institute]
Presenter 1: Brandi Renee Gilbert [Associate - Urban Institute]
Presenter 2: Nicholas Carrington [Director of Data and Evaluation]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: Roosevelt 5

Abstract 1 Title: Laying the Groundwork for Data-Driven Decision Making
Presentation Abstract 1:

As DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative’s (DCPNI) external evaluation partner, the Urban Institute has worked with DCPNI to collect valuable information to inform programmatic work, particularly through the neighborhood survey. This presentation explores strategies for designing an instrument that ultimately promotes organizational learning. Additionally, it examines data collection processes for maximizing response rates and developing recruitment strategies tailored for the local context. For instance, the evaluation team discusses techniques for effectively training local residents and AmeriCorps volunteers as survey administrators. Lastly the presentation explores how external evaluators can create dynamic partnerships with program and internal evaluation staff, to promote knowledge-based decision-making.


Abstract 2 Title: Equipping Indigenous Leaders with Information Assets
Presentation Abstract 2:

With a mission to foster comprehensive efforts that address local intergenerational poverty in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC, the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) has created a culture of data-driven decision making. Findings from data collection tools, such as a biannual neighborhood survey, have been critical for making sense of local needs and informing programmatic efforts accordingly. In this presentation, DCPNI discusses core findings from the neighborhood study and highlight strategies for: 1) building capacity for evaluative interpretation within the community and 2) strengthening interpretations of findings through community input.

 


Abstract 3 Title: Effective Practices for Engaging Community Members in Evaluation Data Collection and Interpretation
Presentation Abstract 3:

 DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) consistently seeks to engage community residents in the process of evaluating the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood’s progress. This presentation reflects on a community resident’s experience collaborating with DCPNI’s program staff to investigate key issues within the community and  interpret the findings of those investigations. It also examines steps for taking action based on the interpretation of findings.


Presentation 3 Other Authors: Kenya McKeever
Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The panel discusses collective efforts for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative program staff and their external evaluation team to develop and deploy a neighborhood survey—a tool to learn about community conditions through the perspective of community residents. To date, the door-to-door neighborhood survey has been administered twice to a randomized sample of more than 300 households in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood in Washington, DC, providing valuable information about community conditions such as employment, food security, safety, and education. Discussion focuses on instrument development, data collection, and analysis processes; and how each of these processes was designed to enhance organizational learning and inform program efforts. The panel promotes a rich discussion of these issues by drawing the unique perspectives of the evaluation effort, from program staff, evaluators, and local residents engaged in this work.

 



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