Grantmaking 101: Developing assessment measures

Thursday, January 17, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am PST
San Diego Grantmakers
5060 Shoreham Pl, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92122
$0.00 - Members $0.00 - Non-Member Funders
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Grantmaking 101: Developing Assessment Measures

What Works, and What Doesn’t

How do we know the change we are funding is actually the change that is happening? Data collected from your grantees is invaluable to drive your internal decision-making and planning. While it is important to understand the impact your grantees make in their communities, it is essential to fine-tune the kinds of information you collect that will be most useful for your organization and your grantees.

In this hands-on interactive session, you will learn about and practice a grantee-centered approach to developing assessment measures that provide the most meaningful data to you and your grantees.

Join us to learn about:

  • Who will be best served by different types of data, with discussions on the perspectives of nonprofits, funders, and community stakeholders.

  • How you would go about developing assessment measures that accurately reflect the work of your grantees, while respecting your grantees’ time and resources.

  • The use of different qualitative and quantitative data points to paint a more holistic picture of impact.

  • The different approaches you might use to collect the data you need, and the pros and cons of different data types and collection methods.

This workshop is geared towards members (and eligible non-members) who want to improve the way they assess grantee’s impact.


This workshop series is presented by Paul Watson, Jr. and Dr. William Oswald from Global Action Research Center (Global ARC), a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that works to support the development of Healthy People, Healthy Places, and Healthy Communities through increased civic participation. The Global ARC was founded in 2009 for the purpose of bridging the gap between science and community to facilitate healthy community development. 

Paul Watson, Jr is President/CEO of the Global Action Research Center. Formerly Executive Director of the Training and Research Institute for Residential Youth Centers in New Haven, CT; San Diego Youth and Community Services; and Watson and Associates International. 


William Oswald, Ph.D. is Associate Executive Director of the Global Action Research Center. Formerly Executive Director for Foundation for Change; Director of Community Development for Tenants United for Public Housing Project; and Assistant Dean, School of Human Services at Springfield College, San Diego.

Who is eligible to attend

This program is part of the Grantmaking 101 series to build funders’ aptitude and make the practice of philanthropy more efficient and effective. It is designed for staff, trustees, and donors of philanthropic organizations, individual philanthropists, investors, and other invited guests as appropriate. All event registrations are reviewed to determine eligibility. We respectfully request that attendees refrain from engaging in fundraising and other development activities at all SDG events.

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