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BTW Hosts Cal Extern

BTW is excited to be a part of the Cal Career Center Externship Program. We will be hosting a sophomore extern from the University of California, Berkeley. Our extern will observe BTW’s daily work, shadow staff and explore the role of consulting in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors

BTW Accepted as Member of NNCG

BTW has just been accepted as a new firm member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. As a member of NNCG, BTW will be a part of a learning community where we will contribute our work and knowledge to the discussions among consultants dedicated to the philanthropic sector.

BTW In the News

The Jewish Daily Forward, a national weekly newspaper, recently published an Editorial entitled “Making Service Matter” in response to BTW’s report The Worth of What They Do.

Results of a Recent Study on Short-term Immersive Jewish Service-Learning Announced

On Monday, December 13, BTW Principal Ellen Irie participated in conference call with Jon Rosenberg, CEO of Repair the World, to announce the results of a recent study by BTW. Around sixty five attendees listened to Ellen present highlights from the exploratory study which examines the effects of immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) projects on the communities they serve. Podcasts of this presentation will soon be available.

Measurement and Evaluation in the Israeli Non-profit Sector

Fay TweMeasurement  Evaluation in Israeli NP Sector for webrsky, one of the original co-founders of BTW, recently moved to Jerusalem to spend a year as a Senior Advisor to Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild Foundation).  Last spring, Twersky chaired an International Visiting Committee consisting of Paul Brest from the Hewlett Foundation, Carla Javits from REDF and Martin Brookes from New Philanthropy Capital (UK). A new report based on the Committee’s visit, explores current trends, challenges and ideas for improvement related to measurement and evaluation in Israel’s nonprofit sector. Prior to moving to Jerusalem, Fay spent four years working as Director of Impact Planning and Improvement at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ellen Irie to Participate in Masa Israel Journey Study Tour in Israel

In November 2010 BTW Principal Ellen Irie, along with other experts from the fields of leadership development and service, will participate in a week-long “study tour” in Israel convened by Masa Israel Journey. Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel and serves as an umbrella organization for over 160 long-term Israel service experiences (e.g., gap year programs, study abroad experiences, internship and volunteer opportunities). During the study tour, Ellen and other participants will meet with service program staff and participants, talk with Israeli policymakers and exchange challenges and best practices for developing leaders through service programs.

BTW Sponsors the National Equity Project Launch Event

BTW is a proud sponsor of The National Equity Project’s launch event in celebration of their new name and expanded scope. The event, which will explore the relationship between community and school change, includes a panel discussion and networking opportunities with a range of Bay Area leaders including Tony Smith, Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District; Sandra Fewer, San Francisco School Board member; Victor Diaz, founder of REALM Charter School; Cesar Lagleva, Marin Community Organizer; and Michelle Espino, Leadership High School Teacher. Angela Glover Blackwell, President & CEO of PolicyLink will be the Keynote Speaker and Moderator.

Assessing Evaluation Capacity: Using the Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool

American Evaluation Association 2010 Annual Conference

At this year’s American Evaluation Association 2010 Annual Conference, BTW informing change and Kristi Kimball, Education Program Officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will hold a demonstration session on how to use the Evaluation Capacity Diagnostic Tool to help organizations assess their readiness to take on many types of evaluation activities. The second panel session will highlight “Measuring the Immeasurable: Lessons for Building Grantee Capacity to Evaluate Hard-to-Assess Efforts.” John Affeldt of Public Advocates will speak about how his organization has used the tool to improve their ability to track outcomes and adjust programs.

November 11, 2010

9:15 a.m – 12:25 p.m.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Measuring the Immeasurable: Building Grantee Capacity for Evaluation

Grantmakers for Education 2010 Annual Conference

BTW and Kristi Kimball, Education Program Officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will present highlights from the newly published monograph “Measuring the Immeasurable: Lessons for Building Grantee Capacity to Evaluate Hard-to-Assess Efforts” at the 2010 Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference. Session participants will hear from a funder, an evaluator and a grantee about a newly developed tool and how this approach to evaluation capacity building enables grantee organizations to reflect on and improve their work.

October 27, 2010

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Pipeline Promise: Cultivating the Next Generation of Community Clinic Leaders

California Primary Care Association 2010 Annual Conference

BTW Director of Evaluation & Organizational Learning Kim Ammann Howard held a session at the California Primary Care Association’s Annual Conference in October 2010. Along with Marissa Tirona of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and Brenda Shipp of Lifelong Medical Clinic, Kim presented highlights from recent research on the next generation of community clinic leaders, an especially important topic as the state implements health care reform. This session drew on recent studies that assessed the state of leadership among CEOs and emerging leaders in the California community clinic field as well as the evaluation findings of the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI).

October 7, 2010

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Sacramento Convention Center

Sacramento, California

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