In Pursuit of Relentless Learning

Session Number: 2420
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: leadership development
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Emily Boer Drake [Managing Director - Learning for Action]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rella Kaplowitz [Senior Program Officer - Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (02:45 PM - 03:30 PM)
Room: CC 101 J

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Organizations and programs face an imperative to learn. Now, more than ever, we seek to gather and reflect on feedback, make data-driven decisions, and adapt strategies, all in pursuit of relentless learning. Evaluators play a key role in supporting organizations to achieve their learning and strategy goals. But, as evaluator, how can you start? How can you build a relationship with programs and/or organizations that encourages learning? What questions should evaluators ask? How do you incorporate reflection practices into program or organizational practices? What role does openness to feedback and vulnerability play? This session will describe how the Schusterman Fellowship (a leadership program for Jewish sector professionals and lay leaders) and Learning for Action (an evaluation, strategy, and capacity building consultancy) have partnered for 2.5 years to relentlessly pursue learning. The presenters will discuss the approach they have taken and share tools, tips, and practices that have been successful.