coaching – testimonials

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Here are some comments from evaluators and evaluation teams Jane has coached:

 

I am Carolyn Watts, a Director of Quigley and Watts, a small consulting company in Wellington, New Zealand.

We are passionate about work that enables communities to flourish. We work with Government and community organisations to understand complex issues using a wide range of tools including social research methods, health in all policies (HiAP), health impact assessment (HIA) and evaluation.

We have worked with Jane on several evaluations and I can’t recommend her coaching highly enough. Rather than being a cost, Jane’s input saves us time and money and results in a clear and focused evaluation approach.

Clients love it too, they can see we are serious about providing the best possible evaluation with input from an international expert. Clients have also commended us on our commitment to professional development; using this approach everyone wins!

We explicitly factor in the cost of the coaching into our proposals under expert advice, typically at three points, framing the evaluation, developing the evaluative criteria and rubrics and then sense making and reporting.

As a company that uses a range of approaches to understand complex issues having access to the depth of evaluation wisdom Jane holds is invaluable. It is the best professional development we participate in and it directly benefits our business.

Jane is very generous sharing tips and tricks and providing examples directly relevant to each evaluation. I have learnt more from Jane through coaching than any post-graduate paper or course I have undertaken. She has a knack of meeting you where you are and then asking great questions to expand your thinking.

The outcome of Jane’s guidance and encouragement has been a real change in my practice and confidence to take on new more challenging evaluation work.

Jane is inspiring, incredibly knowledgeable and very practical.

 

In my role as a researcher and program evaluator at the Center for Creative Leadership, my focus area is helping our clients evaluate their leadership programs and other organizational leadership initiatives. Several of our clients are working to develop their leadership culture-the beliefs and practices in an organization that determine their approach to leadership.

We were challenged with how to measure progress in developing leadership culture-and do so in a meaningful way, given that it is not a simple construct to measure.

While we do use surveys routinely with our client work, it was suggested by a colleague that we might consider developing a rubric to help in our efforts to measure the development of leadership culture. We initially did some reading on our own, but we had a number of questions and needed guidance.

After just a few working sessions with Jane, we got our questions answered, we had some clear steps to follow, and we felt more confident that developing a rubric would be a helpful approach for our work.

As a result of getting the support we needed from Jane, we created a very useful leadership culture rubric that we’ve been using with our clients and further developing for the past year.

— Sarah Stawiski, Senior Evaluation Faculty, CCL

 

My name is Robyn McLean, and I am the principal evaluator for Tapestry Evaluation and Strategy. I have been working in the field of evaluation for about eight years, and as an independent consultant for four years.

I contacted Jane to ask her to review two evaluation projects and provide coaching or guidance. Both are complex, systems-level projects, and both will combine the use of evaluation rubrics and mixed methods causal inference (i.e. combining different methods to understand how a program led to desired outcomes).

After only two conversations of about one hour each, I can already see how helpful it is to engage Jane in this way. I had done a lot of reading and planning on my own, but found it exceptionally helpful to ask directed questions about my specific projects, to get clarification on areas that I find challenging, and to hear specific examples from Jane’s work. The conversations also helped me integrate some reading I had been doing about these more complex approaches to evaluation.

This was a relatively low cost way for me to validate and build on my knowledge in this area. I learned as much or more from these conversations than I have from some longer courses that were more general and less tailored to my specific questions or my specific evaluation projects.

 
 

Before meeting Jane, we knew of her work and reputation. We approached her to provide guidance on developing evaluative rubrics for two projects.

She provided invaluable help with the rubrics. Also, her ability to grasp the intricacies of these projects led her to ask useful questions and provide big-picture advice. Not only did the project work benefit, but we were able to build internal capacity at the same time.

Our experience showed us that everything Jane touches is better because of it. We hope to continue working with her in the future.

Evaluation Specialists, a WOSB evaluation firm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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