Demystifying Theory of Change

Recently I wrote a free e-Study about theory of change for the Hubert Project at the Humphrey Institute (University of Minnesota). Theory of Change is one of those terms that can elicit groans from nonprofit practitioners. Who has time to think about theories? And the word “change” makes people sweat a little. But, every organization I’ve worked with

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Our Next Act

We’re very pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2017, Al Onkka, our Senior Consultant, and Sarah Cohn of Cohn Consulting will purchase Aurora Consulting from our founder and principal, Julia Classen. How will our organization’s next act affect yours? Only in the best ways possible: our evolution will broaden and deepen our ability

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Asking About Improvement: Survey Tips

Above all else, nonprofits want their evaluation efforts to “strengthen their future work.” I know from my experience helping nonprofits develop and use an evaluative lens that most value their stakeholders’ feedback as a crucial part of achieving this goal. Yet they tend to make one critical mistake. They ask on a survey, “What could

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