Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 8am–12:30pm
Location: School of Arts & Culture
at Mexican Heritage Plaza

1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose 95116
Cost: Free

This special half-day mini-conference on program evaluation addresses: who to track, what questions to ask, and how to use findings to tell a story.

Increasingly, measuring what matters and reporting evaluation results are on the minds of arts administrators as organizations strengthen their focus on mission, articulate program goals, and work to meet funder requirements. Evaluation doesn’t have to be a burden and, in fact, can be tailored to help advance the organization mission and to do it with limited resources. Explore what a learning culture looks like and how to use reflective learning loops to improve programs. David Scheie of Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry will be the guide at this mini-conference, putting together an evaluation plan that is doable and useful. In addition, a panel of peers will talk about how they are approaching program impact evaluation.

David Scheie

David Scheie’s career has been fueled by curiosity about human and organizational systems and by a desire to improve practice and policy in the fields of community betterment and social action. An evaluation consultant and learning partner, David founded Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry in 2004 after seventeen years at Rainbow Research, Inc.

In his work, David helps organizations and networks clarify goals and strategies, track results, harvest lessons, and share and use those lessons for greater impact. He facilitates participatory approaches and reflective practice. Prominent themes in his work include civic engagement, youth and leadership development, and the role of arts and culture in human and community development.

David earned his BA in social studies from Harvard University and his PhD in organization and community development from Union Institute and University. Prior to entering evaluation consulting, David was an award-winning community journalist. An avid runner and canoeist who is also active in his church, David lives with his family in Minneapolis.

Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry

The mission of Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry is to foster learning and fuel improved practice within the fields of social and community action. Founded in 2004, Touchstone specializes in collaborative and participatory evaluation projects for organizations and networks, having found that engagement in the process helps ensure that findings are used, that evaluation is focused on the most relevant questions, and that the evaluation is conducted in ways that can help advance rather than disrupt the work. Current and recent Touchstone projects include work in a national initiative on immigrant participation and immigration reform and work on statewide and local projects focused on health and neighborhood learning communities.

Those who are unable to make the full mini-conference are welcome to come for just a few hours.

Admission is free but advanced registration is required. Please note: No lunch will be served at this mini-conference.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Audrey Struve.

Thank you to our program sponsors:

Applied Materials Foundation City of San Jose California Arts Council
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