coaching – testimonials

Not sure whether or how evaluation coaching might be useful to you?

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

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

 

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.

 

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