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EVALCORP's Origin Story

Looking Back as We Move Forward

As our firm concludes our yearlong 20th anniversary celebration, I reflected back on how EVALCORP began. I have long held an appreciation for engaging stakeholders, using data to inform decision-making, and strengthening communities through participatory evaluation. Making a difference and “Measuring What Matters” began decades ago when I was fortunate to have had incredible mentors…

Women in Action for Israel

As the news of the terrorist attack in Southern Israel spread on Saturday, October 7th, it sent shockwaves through the country and profoundly impacted millions around the world. For me, like countless others, the events in Israel and the response of many to support Hamas’ attack left me deeply upset and confused. As I returned…

Amazing Turnout for EVALCORP’s Annual Halloween Party

It has become a tradition for EVALCORP to throw a Halloween Costume Party for our team members to compete for a chance to win some cash prizes. This year, we enjoyed another round of awesome costumes together with our newest team member, Kaylen, who got to start her first day with us in her costume…

EVALCORP 2023 Team Disney Day

This year, EVALCORP had our annual team day at Disneyland California Adventure Park. We had such a great time during our last year’s outing at Disneyland Park, it was only fitting that we visit the other park this year. Even though the temperature was scorching 90 degrees, we didn’t let it get in the way…

Spotlight on Evaluation Findings of Informal Caregiver Support Programs

EVALCORP has had the opportunity to conduct a program evaluation for two amazing Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) caregiver support programs in Los Angeles and San Jose, California. We conducted a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation of Visión y Compromiso’s (VyC) Family Caregivers Project (FCP) in 2021 and San Jose Public Library’s (SJPL) FFN Caregiver Support Network…

Why Use Custom Measures? Part 3

How should programs implement a custom measure? If you are implementing a custom measure as part of a program evaluation or needs assessment, there are several things to keep in mind. Once you have developed a custom measure, the best thing to do with it is to fully document its development and share it with…

Why Use Custom Measures? Part 2

How are custom measures developed? My colleagues who are measurement specialists lament that the most common way that custom measures are developed is for someone on the project team to “just start writing items.” If this approach actually worked well for the making measures, I wouldn’t be so hard on it, but the truth is…

Why Use Custom Measures? Part 1

In my last blog post about measurement, I wrote about why an evaluation consultant may encourage you to use a validated measure in your project. In the conclusion to that piece, I promised that I would also explain when a tailor-made questionnaire would be more appropriate. To cut to the chase: custom measures will be…

evalcorp team park picnic

Celebrating the End to Another Great Fiscal Year!

To honor the dedication and teamwork displayed by our talented staff this past year, EVALCORP planned a sun-filled picnic on Friday July 14. Team members joined together from Irvine, Los Angeles, and even Houston, TX at the beautiful Laguna Niguel Regional Park in Orange County. To infuse an element of fun into the day, a…

photograph of evalcorp's sponsored softball team Rebellion Dogs players

Congratulations to the Rebellion Dogs!

The City of Irvine—where EVALCORP’s headquarters are located—hosts several active adult sports leagues. We’ve been honored to have the opportunity to sponsor one of the teams in their softball league since 2022!  In fact, we’re now in our 5th season of sponsoring Irvine’s D2 Coed Softball Division, the Rebellion Dogs – an amazing team of…

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.“

– Peter Drucker

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