Northeastern University Public Evaluation Lab works collaboratively with organizations to determine their unique evaluation needs and provide appropriate evaluation assistance.
Examples of Services Provided to Community Partners Include:
- Designing and implementing an evaluation
- Developing logical models, appropriate measures and data collection instruments
- Using quantitative and qualitative methods to gather and analyze data
- Increasing evaluative capacity within an organization
Below are some of the organizations we have worked with to evaluate needs or the effectiveness of their programs.
Asian American Civic Association
Bethel Institute for Social Justice
Boston Public Health Commission
Boston Public Schools
Compass Working Capital
Dimock Community Health Center
Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly
Northeastern University’s Office of Prevention and Education
The Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats
The ARC of Massachusetts
The Boston Foundation
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Asian Women for Health
The Rose Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago
Office of City and Community Engagement at Northeastern
Center for Crime and Community Resilience at Northeastern
Ivette M Tapia
Former Director of Research and Evaluation at YW Boston
As a small and resource constrained organization finding the capacity to build evaluation infrastructure that helps us learn rather than comply, assists us in being effective, and ultimately demonstrates our impact is a constant challenge. NU-PEL was instrumental in our path to build the organizational infrastructure and capacity we needed to engage in sustainable and meaningful program evaluation moving forward. Our area of work is at the intersection of gender and racial equity. As the Director of Research and Evaluation questions that I often get are: How do you define gender and/or racial equity? How to you measure that? How do you know you are making progress? NU-PEL took on the challenge and searched the literature for valid, reliable and replicate ways to assess the impacts of one of our programs. When needed, they also drew from other Northeastern experts to inform their work.
One of the most helpful things we found was that NU-PEL did not ask us to fit into any particular research agenda, rather, NU-PEL allow us to establish our needs and collaboratively we came up with a scope that made sense given time required and resources required. Moreover, NU-PEL was flexible and willing to tackle a project that was about capacity building rather than a one-time evaluation. Philanthropic funding and resources for capacity building and organizational learning are often scarce. We are now focused on building the technological tools to operationalize the evaluation strategy NU-PEL came up and are confident that we can further build on top of the NU-PEL assistance. There is no way we will be this far without NU-PEL’s assistance.
We were able to have an evaluation strategy, create tools and start data collection in less than one year, just around the time we advanced new strategic partnerships and key data collection opportunities arose as a result. Stakeholders and partners are actively using our evaluation and data work. We look forward to building on NU-PEL’s work and using our evaluation capacity to strengthen our own work, leverage our programmatic strengths with our evaluation work to serve as thought leaders with the goal of continuing to deliver on our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.