CEO of Vantage Evaluation Publishes New Book to Change the Conversation on Evaluation
Dr. Elena Harman's "The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot: A New Approach Every Staff Member Can Understand" explains why evaluation is fundamentally misaligned with the nonprofits it aims to serve.
"Nonprofits exist to fulfill a mission and make an impact," stated Dr. Harman. "But they don't always understand the true value of their programs because they see evaluation as punitive or don't understand how to use the data on their outcomes. This book expresses my core belief that we should use evaluation as a tool for thinking and learning, not data and accountability. When everyone in an organization understands and learns from the data, they can make changes to better their programs and increase impact in their communities. "
Dr. Harman is the CEO of Vantage Evaluation (https://www.vantage-
Prior to launching Vantage Evaluation in 2013, Dr. Harman was an internal evaluator at the Colorado Health Foundation, where she helped launch the Foundation's measurable results evaluation model. She holds a bachelors of science in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T. and a masters and PhD in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods from Claremont Graduate University. Her work has been published in the journal "Evaluation and Program Planning," she is a regular presenter at nonprofit conferences throughout Colorado, and is the president of the Colorado Evaluation Network.
Dr. Harman's book has already received accolades from experts in the nonprofit sector including Amy Lantham, vice president of philanthropy for the Colorado Health Foundation who stated, "Reading this book has affirmed my belief in, and ignited my passion for, evaluation as a tool for increasing impact." Latham continued, "I've been working in the nonprofit field for nearly twenty years. In that time, I've worn many hats, including executive director, communications manager, development person, and board member. Elena's advice on how evaluation can contribute to the effectiveness of each one of these roles, as well as the unique vantage point that each plays in effective evaluation, is both insightful and practical."
The Great Nonprofit Evaluation Reboot: A New Approach Every Staff Member Can Understand, published by CharityChannel Press, is now available on Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/
About Elena Harman, PhD and Vantage Evaluation
Dr. Elena Harman, PhD is the CEO of Vantage Evaluation (http://www.vantage-