A3: Learning in Public
Mon Mar 12 2012, 3:30pm–5:00pm, Cascade II (Mezzanine Level)
Session Designer
Kathy Reich, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Session Description
Foundations spend millions of dollars each year on evaluation and learning activities, yet they rarely make evaluation results public. And often foundations make decisions based on these results without consulting key stakeholders or asking for their help in interpreting evaluation findings. There is an alternate approach emerging: sharing what an organization learns while it is in the process of learning — “learning in public.” Using the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program evaluation as an example, this session will examine the emerging practice of conducting evaluation activities in a public space — online and in real time, to maximize feedback from stakeholders and benefit not just an individual foundation’s work, but the field as a whole.
Conference Theme
Evaluation and Learning
Speakers
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Jared Raynor, TCC Group
Title:
Director of Evaluation
Speaker Biography:
Jared Raynor is director of evaluation at TCC Group and focuses on evaluation, organizational development (including capacity building and collaboration) and international programs. His work at TCC Group has included evaluations of capacity building initiatives, multi-site cluster evaluations, evaluation system design, strategic planning, organizational structuring and design and strategic organizational assessment.
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Beth Kanter, Zoetica
Title:
Co-Founder and Partner
Speaker Biography:
Beth Kanter is the author of "Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media", one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She co-authored the book titled “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award. Kanter has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. In 2009, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She was named visiting scholar for social media and nonprofits for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2009-2012. She was a Society of New Communications Research Fellow for 2010.
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Kathy Reich, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Title:
Director of Organizational Effectiveness Grantmaking
Speaker Biography:
Kathy Reich is director of organizational effectiveness grantmaking at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The OE program works with grantees across the Foundation to advance their management, leadership and impact. Reich has been with the Packard Foundation since 2001 and previously held the positions of OE program officer, program officer for preschool grantmaking and policy analyst/editor for The Future of Children journal.

Previously, Reich was policy director at a D.C.-based nonprofit and worked as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, focusing on welfare, children's and environmental issues. She holds a bachelor's from Yale University and a master's from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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  • Learning in Public Beth Kanter
    Beth Kanter's slides for Learning in Public session 3/12
    MS PowerPoint (4.9 MB)
    bethslides.pptx
  • Learning in Public Kathy Reich/Jared Raynor
    Kathy and Jared's slides for Learning in Public session 3/12
    MS PowerPoint (7.92 MB)
    geo-learning-in-public-2012-with-jareds-slides.pptx