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    What Does Capacity-Building Look Like on a Day-to-Day Basis?

    Updated on: Apr 5th, 2012
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    Collage of a bar chart, people, arrow, computer and calendar.

    Algebra!

    Part of my job as an internal evaluator in a community-based youth center in Washington, DC is to teach the GED instructors, the substance abuse counselors, and the youth workers about their own program’s evaluation lifecycle.

    When we talk about statistics, we just talk about “patterns” and “things we notice” without using jargon.

    Sometimes the direct service staff get really into evaluation and want to dive into the numbers more deeply. I LOVE WHEN THIS HAPPENS. For me, it’s one indicator of our learning culture.

    Here are some notes from a recent math lesson with one of our social workers:

    Snapshot of a notebook with an algebra math problem.

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    Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who is determined to get your data out of spreadsheets and into stakeholders’ hands. Each year, she leads more than 100 workshops, webinars, and keynotes for thousands of people around the globe. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

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