Author Archives: Andrew Taylor



Andrew Taylor

Evaluating Public Benefit
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Evaluating Public Benefit

Evaluating Public Benefit: How Changing Evaluation Practice Might Help to Solve an Identity Problem As an evaluator working in the nonprofit sector, I’m often struck by the things our society sees as inherently, obviously worthwhile, and the things it feels it needs to evaluate. For example, everyone seems to take it as given that public parks are not simply worthwhile, but are in fact a...

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15 Dec 2017
More useful evaluation for nonprofits? Yes, we can!
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More useful evaluation for nonprofits? Yes, we can!

In 2015, ONN took on a project to look at the systemic issues of evaluation in Ontario’s nonprofit sector and design potential solutions to help us get to more useful evaluation. This framing led to the development of our Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy work, which to date now includes a resource treasure chest designed to help identify pain points experienced by nonprofits, and move forward...

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29 Jun 2017
Can a pizza party be evaluation, too? Updating mismatched expectations in nonprofit measurement
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Can a pizza party be evaluation, too? Updating mismatched expectations in nonprofit measurement

Last year, we put out a resource to help clarify the different ways in which the term evaluation gets used (or misused) in Ontario’s nonprofit sector. Since then, we have heard some great ways nonprofits are promoting critical reflection and learning that didn’t quite fit into our original analysis. So, here’s a resource refresh to reflect what we’ve learned and heard from the sector since....

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07 Feb 2017
Evaluation: Expanding design learning
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Evaluation: Expanding design learning

Late last fall, ONN’s evaluation project took me to the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to present alongside Andrew Taylor, ONN’s Resident Evaluation Expert. For me, it was an important professional development opportunity (one of the seven elements of decent work) and, thinking back, it was a bit of a surreal experience. Never did I think I would be in Atlanta at...

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30 Jan 2017