Evaluation for Advocacy and Systems Change

Resource Type: Podcast | Speaker: Kathy Brennan
Kathy Brennan

In this podcast, Kathy Brennan, Director of Evaluation at Living Cities in the US shares about the work of Living Cities, the integration initiative and the evaluation process they have undertaken. There is amazing work happening in 5 cities across the US and an innovative approach being used by Living Cities.

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In this podcast, Kathy Brennan, Director of Evaluation at Living Cities in the US shares about the work of Living Cities, the integration initiative and the evaluation process they have undertaken. There is amazing work happening in 5 cities across the US and an innovative approach being used by Living Cities.

Listen in as Kathy offers tips, advice or suggestions for engaging stakeholders/community members in the evaluation process and capturing quality data. 

Kathy's area of expertise is in the area of advocacy evaluation. Listen as she shares the definition and practice. We know that evaluating complex initiatives addressing complex issues is very difficult work for those on the ground, and for those conducting the evaluation. Kathy shares which evaluation methods work best in these initiatives and what the role of advocacy evaluation might be. She also shares the pitfalls to avoid in evaluating these efforts.

Listen in to this insightful and challenging podcast. 

Those who participated in the tele-learning call were able to ask questions and share their own experiences. Listen to these questions and ideas below.

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About the Speaker

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy and financial institutions to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.

Kathy Brennan is the Director of Evaluation at Living Cities in New York. She leads the overall organizational evaluation effort at Living Cities, both overseeing the evaluation, and working to strongly embed learning and evaluation principles into the work of Living Cities.

Kathy has 15 years of experience managing and evaluating nonprofit and philanthropic efforts. During that time, Kathy has evaluated numerous nonprofit program and advocacy efforts and has provided training and technical assistance to build internal organizational evaluation capacity.

Kathy Holds a BA in Psychology from Lawrence University and a Master's in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Georgetown University. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and Grantmakers for Effective Organzations.