Category Archives: Evaluation

How to Develop Data and Evaluation Competencies in Your Staff

More and more organizations are working towards building a data-informed culture. We talked about what it means to be a Data-Informed Organization in this blog. As we have been working with organizations to build and strengthen their culture to be data-informed, an essential component of this work is building the capacity of their team. All…

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8 Signs You Need to Hire a Consultant

We are heading into the second quarter of 2022, and are you wondering if you need to hire a consultant? Before joining the Transform Consulting Group (TCG) team, I worked 13 years in the nonprofit sector as a practitioner and leader who hired and managed consultants. Now, as the consultant, I’m on the other side…

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What is a Data-Informed Organization?

Over the last decade, data has become a big deal and is showing up more in our everyday lives and work environment. Over the past 18 months, with COVID-19, we have all been using data to track incident rates, exposure rates, deaths, and vaccination rates. Data has equipped our leaders and the public with information…

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An Equitable Approach to Preparing Students for College & Beyond

Did you know that Indiana’s college going rate is at its lowest point in more than 10 years? According to the 2021 Indiana College Readiness Report, the state’s college going rate has steadily declined since 2015. Black and Latino students have the lowest college going rates. Recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows the…

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5 Steps to Create Interactive Mapping Tools

You hear us say regularly that we’re big #datanerds at Transform Consulting Group. We have many blogs with tips on using and visualizing data, including why we love interactive dashboards. Now we are taking it to the next level and sharing how to enhance your dashboard with interactive mapping functions.  We recently completed projects with…

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Update: Our Go-To Sources for Getting Data

Whether you are working on a needs assessment, evaluating a program, or starting a new project, reliable data is important to help make smart choices. In our digital age, comprehensive data is available at our fingertips. Endless search options are accessible, but it can be overwhelming.  Have you spent hours filtering through links and data…

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Getting to the Big Picture: Logic Models

Many nonprofits face the challenge of turning their “big picture” ideas into successful and effective programs. For example, developing and implementing a statewide child welfare data information system to improve the lives of children is no small task. A large-scale project requires a plan of action in order to be successful and effective. Lasting change…

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4 Steps to Complete a Feasibility Study

Too often non-profits and government agencies immediately begin implementing a new program or service area. They see a need with their clients or a gap in the existing services, so they elect to help meet that need. This all sounds good, right? The challenge is that there has not been enough time to complete a…

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Responding to COVID-19: How to Adjust Your Data Management Plan

The COVID-19 public health crisis changed the way most of us do our work. Many of our clients, especially those who  are school-based or operate afterschool programs, faced the challenge of ending their school-year programming unexpectedly. Programs are trying to find new ways to engage youth virtually and are planning for new safety restrictions for…

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