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Solid Fire Consulting

Building Vibrant Non-profit, Social and Philanthropic Communities

Program Evaluation

Rigorous evaluation with a heart

Solid Fire Consulting manages, designs, and conducts organizational and program evaluations, using both quantitative and qualitative methods that make use of both centralized data systems and custom-designed instruments and data collection systems.

My approach to evaluation is fairly unique. In addition to possessing the requisite technical knowledge and skills, I am warm, engaging, and team-oriented. I engage in humanistic evaluation, which places importance not only in developing rigorous evaluations, but also ones that are stakeholder-developed, user-friendly, inclusive, and contribute to program and organizational improvement and learning.

It’s evaluation with a heart.

Solid Fire Consulting’s areas of evaluation expertise include:

  • Designing and Conducting Many Kinds of Evaluations:
    • Logic Models/Theory of Change
    • Needs Assessments
    • Formative (Process) Evaluation
    • Summative (Outcome) Evaluation
    • Action Research
    • Developmental Evaluation of emerging initiatives
  • Taking Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches:
    • Conducting open-ended interviews, focus groups, observations, participatory conversations, arts-based data collection, content analysis, and document review
    • Analyzing qualitative material using grounded theory, single and multiple case approaches, and historical methods
    • Developing and validating quantitative measures, including survey design
    • Conducting advanced statistical analyses
  • Preparing for studies and presenting findings:
    • Preparing consent forms and IRB protocols
    • Writing evaluation sections of grants
    • Creating user-friendly reports and presentations for academic, professional, and lay audiences

What Clients Say

“Thank you again. Your work has been giving us a lot to think about, and has been incredibly informative and helpful. We’re already having rich discussions about how this informs our work and strategy – with partners, with ideas for changing how we measure our impact, and with branding/organizational identity efforts. I think the fact that the whole team is so engaged with it really speaks to how helpful it is. Thanks so much for putting so much thought and effort into it. You can rest assured that your work will have an impact!”

Jill Mizell, Research Associate, The Opportunity Agenda