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The Learning Conference 2011

June 6–7, 2011

Baltimore, MD

B5: Measuring What Is Hard to Measure

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM–12:00 PM EDT
Ionic Room (Third Floor)
Session description

An increasing number of grantmakers are investing in broader systems change through advocacy, civic engagement and policy work, but the field still lacks strong frameworks for defining and measuring the impact of those strategies. Join a panel of grantmakers and practitioners to explore challenges and frameworks for evaluating programs that have traditionally been hard to measure.

Participant learning goals

• Hear from practitioners about new strategies for measuring systems change work.
• Explore how to apply evaluation frameworks to your own advocacy, civic engagement, capacity building and public policy grantmaking.

Intended learning level

Exploration — exploration of ideas you’ve probably heard before in a way that builds further knowledge and understanding


Fatima Angeles, The California Wellness Foundation
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Speaker Biography

Fatima Angeles is director of evaluation and organizational learning for The California Wellness Foundation. She joined the foundation in 1998 as a program director, where she managed an initiative on community health and oversaw grantmaking in environmental health and work and health. Angeles’ other philanthropic experience includes work with The Hasbro Children’s Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund and the philanthropy program of Pfizer Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. Angeles is a board member of Grantmakers In Health and Northern California Grantmakers.

Lori Nascimento, The California Endowment
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Speaker Biography

Lori M. Nascimento is an evaluation manager for The California Endowment and works with the foundation’s staff, grantees and consultants on evaluation and learning design and planning. Nascimento was previously the associate director for the Division of Community Health for the USC Keck School of Medicine. She has held a number of positions with other organizations and has worked with the Coro Health Leadership Program, Children’s Defense Fund, and UNICEF in their Latin America/Caribbean Regional Office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Ted Chen, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
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Speaker Biography

Ted Chen is director of learning and innovation at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Chen develops creative approaches to capture knowledge and learning from the foundation’s grants and social investments and to infuse this knowledge into ongoing philanthropic work within and outside the foundation. Previously, Chen was the executive director of the Big Idea Foundation, served as a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and conducted policy and research work at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and the Children and Youth Initiative of Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan. Chen holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago, a master’s of social work administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s in psychology from Wheaton College.

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