Caroline Taggart and Jessica Weitzel presented at the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus Annual Youth Development Training Conference on October 20th, 2015. The conference took place in scenic downtown Niagara Falls, NY.
Ms. Taggart and Ms. Weitzel presented “Make Your Data Work for You”. This session provided attendees with tools and techniques for maximizing the usefulness of data that most organizations already collect, or could easily begin to collect. Attendees left the session with information about program logic, logic models, tools for measurement, and survey design that they can apply to the programs they oversee.
Ms. Taggart also presented with Cheri Alvarez, Chief Operating Office of Cradle Beach, on “Maximizing Impact through Program Monitoring and Evaluation”. In the session, Ms. Taggart and Ms. Alvarez shared how the evaluation process has helped Cradle Beach, a Via Evaluation client, streamline its approach to data collection and maximize impact on students.
According to Ms. Alvarez, “Working with Via Evaluation has provided our team with an increased awareness of the importance of using data to make programming decisions. In addition, the team members doing direct work have a better understanding of their role and the impact they are having on students.”
We also enjoyed networking with Youth Bureau and program staff (both clients and new faces) from throughout New York State.
If you are interested in working with Via Evaluation to better collect, understand, and use data to improve your programs or services, contact us.