Are you feeling unsure about some piece of your work? Are you unsure whether you need support with planning or evaluation? Have you been told you need to do an evaluation but are not sure where to start?
We can meet with you to help you decide on your next steps.
Theory of Change & Logic Models
The best evaluation and strategic planning can be done when we understand why we expect our work to lead to change. Theory of change and logic models help us get an explicit understanding of the work we do and the outcomes we want to see. A theory of change can be done for an individual project or program, or for an organization as a whole.
We aim to help through:
Clarifying language used to describe activities and their expected outcomes;
Getting a better understanding of how and why activities lead to expected results; and
Exploring the best way to describe these relationships in order to encourage shared understanding among program staff and stakeholders.
Evaluation is about gathering information and knowing what changes can be made to better achieve your goals. Evaluation does not have to be overly difficult or mysterious, and some of the best learning comes from people examining their own work with a critical and curious eye. On the other hand, evaluation can be a different way of thinking. It takes time and skill to implement it in the most useful way possible.
Bringing in an outside evaluation consultant can be helpful in terms of making sure your evaluation is systematic, user-friendly and rigorous.
This process involves:
Enhancing understanding of your organization’s context, the program being evaluated, and the purpose of the evaluation or research study;
Identifying key questions to be answered through evaluation or research study; and
Helping ensure that quality information is collected and that results are summarized in a way that is easy to understand and useful for your organization.
The most important part of evaluation and strategy is answering questions of "so what?" and "what next?". We want to make sure that evaluation and strategic planning reports do not just sit on your shelf gathering dust.
We make clear suggestions for interpreting information and work with you to decide how to use that information to move forward.
Facilitation & Planning
We assist small or large groups to communicate effectively, identify problems and solutions, gain consensus on complex or contentious issues, and work toward common goals. This includes facilitation of processes such as identifying a theory of change and strategic planning at the organizational level.
Facilitation support includes:
Working with your group or organization to understand the purpose of the meeting or process that requires facilitation and design a method that best meets those needs;
Working with staff or partners to communicate effectively with all participants to ensure meeting objectives are achieved; and
A dynamic and enthusiastic voice to guide meetings.
Evaluation and research is a powerful tool, and maybe even more powerful when it is harnessed by staff actually doing the programming or planning. At Tapestry, we are passionate about using a transparent and participatory approach for all evaluation, to help encourage the learning of those we work with. We also offer more formal capacity building and training.
NEW Course in 2018: Increasing Capacity in Strategy, Evaluation and Operational Planning
You’ve done a strategic plan… now what? Even if you do a great job defining a vision and mission, it can be challenging to know how to implement these on a day to day basis. This course will aim to help you make decisions about programming in a systematic way, and help you better understand whether you are making progress toward the outcomes you want to achieve.
Cost: $3600 plus tax (pricing based on one or more participant per organization, but price would be adjusted on a case by case basis if more than one organization is participating in the course together).
Instruction: 32 instructional hours. Instruction can be delivered in person and/or by videoconference. Instruction and exercises are tailored to your organization. Instruction hours blend theory for the main concepts with understanding practical tools for applying the concept to your work. Participants will choose an exercise for each module based on what is most helpful for their work, followed by feedback and discussion of improvements and next steps for applying the concepts. It is suggested that organizations allot 3-6 months for the delivery of the training, although timelines can be adjusted accordingly to meet the needs of the organization.
1. Increase the capacity to understand and describe the theory of change for an organization and/or programs. In other words, increased capacity to understand how and why activities or programs help bring about the changes you hope to see. Suggested exercise: draft theory of change and/or evaluation rubric based on strategic plan.
2. Increase the capacity to make decisions about programming; in particular, how to create operational plans that will meet the goals or vision you have defined in a document like a strategic plan. Suggested exercise: draft operational plan based on strategic plan.
3. Increase capacity to measure outcomes in order to understand how well they are meeting the goals of their organization or programs. Suggested exercise: draft measurement plan for strategic plan.