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Many of our leadership organizations rely heavily on data and results to supply to funders and donors demonstrating the impact of our programs. The trend in evaluative processes is to be participatory, collaborative and learning-oriented. Good data is more than pre and post survey results; it requires organizations to increase evaluative thinking skills, develop proper evaluation plans and analyze the data in ways that demonstrates outcomes. During this session we will hear from an expert in the field of evaluation as well as how a leadership organization has revamped their evaluative processes to measure impact.
Anita Baker Details
Anita Baker has worked as an evaluator for 30 years. She specializes in conducting external evaluations of non-profit programs, and in providing technical assistance for organizations conducting self-assessments or participatory evaluations. She has designed, directed and participated on evaluation teams focused on a wide range of subjects including youth development, employment and training, arts education, community schools, community-based collaborations and integrated services, afterschool education, services to seniors, foster care and transitional and supportive housing, college preparation, technical assistance, and organizational evaluation capacity building. Anita also provides training and coaching for non-profit and philanthropic staff seeking to build evaluation capacity and enhance evaluative thinking in their organizations.
Anita Baker earned her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College in 1991, (Educational Administration with a focus on Evaluation), has maintained a successful independent evaluation consulting service for more than 15 years and formerly served as a project director and senior program officer of the Academy for Educational Development in New York City, and as a project director at the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning (now Equal Measure) in Philadelphia.
Rachel Ciomcia Details
Rachel is the Vice President of Strategic Engagement & Director of Cleveland Bridge Builders. In her role, she provides oversight for all evaluation and community impact work of CLC, development of custom programs and strategic opportunities, and the design and implementation of the Cleveland Bridge Builders program. She is a certified Tetra Map Facilitator and has presented nationally on evaluation, impact, and engagement.
Rachel graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with a BA in Psychology and continued her education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, graduating in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA). Rachel has worked as a social worker at MetroHealth Medical Center and as a Program Coordinator at Care Alliance Health Center. Through her work at Care Alliance, she designed, implemented and measured a federally funded evaluation program and collaborated with nine other programs across the country. She has a special interest in social work issues with the HIV/AIDS community and healthcare.
Rachel is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2010 and is a member of the Cleveland Leadership Center Alumni Association. She is the Chair of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Associate Board and a member of the Board of Directors for the MetroHealth Foundation. She was named a Top 25 under 35 Mover and Shaker in 2013 by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. She and her husband Matt, along with their son Carson, love Cleveland and enjoy all the community has to offer!
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