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Thursday, January 10 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Evaluation 101: Understanding, Designing, and Implementing Evaluation Methods and Practices within the Legal Aid Community

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There is a huge disconnect between the nonprofit legal field and the utilization of evaluation methods and practices that are commonplace in other social service practice areas. The field of evaluation has developed systematic methods and approaches that can be used to inform decision-making. When we think about what evaluation is and how it is operationalized, we can quickly become bogged down in jargon that leads to more confusion and an inability to create a shared language around what we are really trying to get at. In this session, panelists will provide attendees with easy-to-implement evaluation methods and tools and share examples of evaluation methods successfully applied in the legal aid context. Attendees will also learn about the Evaluation Feedback Project and how they can easily participate to receive valuable and free advice to improve their own evaluation instruments.

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Ed Marks

Statewide Pro Bono Manager, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Ed Marks is Executive Director of New Mexico Legal Aid. Ed has been involved in TIG projects and other national legal aid technology initiatives for nearly 20 years. Ed was previously Deputy Director for Advocacy at Legal Aid of Western Ohio in Toledo, where he also founded Legal... Read More →
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Rachel J. Perry

Founder & Principal, Strategic Data Analytics
Rachel J. Perry is Founder and Principal at Strategic Data Analytics, LLC. SDA is a data analysis consulting firm that helps organizations use data to celebrate successes, analyze client service effectiveness, increase organizational efficiency, impress funders and increase revenue... Read More →
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Tara Saylor

Principal, Tara Saylor & Company LLC
Dr. Tara Saylor is a research and evaluation consultant located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is Principal of Tara Saylor & Company, joined by professors Ryan Saylor (Univ. of Tulsa) and Camille Bryant (Johns Hopkins Univ.). All three consultants have PhDs from the University of Virginia... Read More →
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Kelly Shaw-Sutherland

Director of Research and Evaluation, Legal Aid of Nebraska
As a trained social science researcher and evaluator, Kelly Shaw-Sutherland has spent the past 14 years working collaboratively with people across multiple disciplines and professional backgrounds on a wide array of research and evaluation endeavors. Joining Legal Aid of Nebraska... Read More →

Thursday January 10, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CST
Orleans/Rosalie/St. Claude 3rd Floor