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Evaluation Consultation and Coaching

Social Artistry Strategies and Approaches for Community Builders and Change Agents

Spirit in Action Series for Women and Other Social Entrepreneurs

Creating Cross-Cultural and International Experiences

Evaluation Consultation and Coaching

needs assessment process of UNR's Cooperative ExtensionTurning Point, Inc. specializes in "partnership evaluation" which represents an approach where the process of inquiry is as critical, if not more so, than the product. The process of a partnership evaluation is an empowerment process in which participants “join” the evaluation team to define the questions, receive informal and formal feedback, and make decisions about program processes and directions based on an exchange of information between the evaluators and the program staff. The process of the evaluation mirrors the purposes of the program; evaluators are respectful of the participants and their values as well as their needs for specific information. In some instances, participants are involved in data collection in an effort to be less intrusive into the implementation process. In other cases, instrumentation is developed in conjunction with the participants and staff to serve both the purposes of program documentation and planning as well as evaluation goals. Unlike more traditional research and evaluation designs, Turning Point, Inc.'s evaluation designs are more evolutionary in nature-- methodology and questions emerge as program processes evolve and as preliminary findings reveal new directions and program impacts not identified at the outset of the process. Turning Point, Inc. and the team of evaluators and consultants that work under this paradigm are committed to evaluations that are dynamic, empowering, and participatory.

TPI provides training and technical assistance for organizations, coalitions, or partnerships in the following areas of program development and evaluation:

  • community asset mapping and needs assessment
  • using focus groups and key stakeholder interviews
  • logic models as tools for program and initiative design, development, and outcomes assessment
  • outcomes-based strategic planning

Photo: facilitation on UNR Cooperative Extension's needs assessment process in Fallon, Nevada on aging issues, June, 2006.

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Social Artistry Strategies and Approaches for Community Builders and Change Agents

In addition to program evaluation, Turning Point, Inc. has worked in partnership with a select set of organizations and collaboratives over the past few years facilitating the collaborative process, documenting partnership issues, and developing integrated service delivery models that reflect the membership and goals of individuals as well as the group. TPI works from a comprehensive framework described best as “Community Youth Development.” Undergirding this framework is the belief that a community’s health can be measured by the health of its children and youth. Youth and adults each contribute to the health of a community, and youth-adult partnerships are effective strategies for bringing about social change. As needed, training is provided to collaborations and organizations in specific areas that enhance their working environment and effectiveness in the community change process: team-building, coalition-building, communications training, service-learning, asset development, alternative assessment strategies, volunteer recruitment and management, family empowerment, integrated service delivery, and facilitation of collaborations are a sample of the training provided by Turning Point's team of trainers. Other examples include:

  • community asset mapping and needs assessment
  • using focus groups and key stakeholder interviews
  • logic models as tools for program and initiative design, development, and outcomes assessment
  • outcomes-based strategic planning

Photo: facilitation on UNR Cooperative Extension's needs assessment process in Fallon, Nevada on aging issues, June, 2006.

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Social Artistry Strategies and Approaches for Community Builders and Change Agents

In addition to program evaluation, Turning Point, Inc. has worked in partnership with a select set of organizations and collaboratives over the past few years facilitating the collaborative process, documenting partnership issues, and developing integrated service delivery models that reflect the membership and goals of individuals as well as the group. TPI works from a comprehensive framework described best as “Community Youth Development.” Undergirding this framework is the belief that a community’s health can be measured by the health of its children and youth. Youth and adults each contribute to the health of a community, and youth-adult partnerships are effective strategies for bringing about social change. As needed, training is provided to collaborations and organizations in specific areas that enhance their working environment and effectiveness in the community change process: team-building, coalition-building, communications training, service-learning, asset development, alternative assessment strategies, volunteer recruitment and management, family empowerment, integrated service delivery, and facilitation of collaborations are a sample of the training provided by Turning Point's team of trainers. Other examples include:

  • Community Asset Mapping and Needs Assessment
  • Using Focus Groups and Key stakeholder Interviews
  • Logic Models as tools for Program and Initiative design, development and outcomes assessment
  • Outcomes-based strategic planning

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Spirit in Action Series for Women and Other Social Entrepreneurs

For women entrepreneurs and/or activists wanting to prosper—personally, politically, and professionally.

This series represents the cycle of engagement and entrepreneurship experienced in the birth, development, and maintenance of Turning Point, Inc. The series involves personal coaching and self-development in conjunction with sessions with Deborah Loesch-Griffin, president and founder of Turning Point, Inc. The cycle is also offered as a workshop series to groups of 8-10 women or entrepreneurs wanting to build and provide a network of colleagues and mentor-guides and work through the cycle experientially, together, while putting to practice some of the fundamental tenets of “Spirit in Action.”

Denise Sins oil paintingThis series is designed to support individuals who are beginning, developing, or sustaining their own lifework through civic or professional practice as independent agents of change, as entrepreneurs. The series is not intended to provide the nuts and bolts of business development as these are better served through experts in accounting, business law and practice, etc. Rather, this series provides a framework for thinking about the service or product you wish to integrate into your lifework and your business enterprise and outlines a process for serving your ideals, your clients or customers, and the community in which you have the opportunity to operate as a free agent.

There are five recurring, cyclical elements of the spirit in action cycle, which I have named after much personal and professional growth and retrospective analysis of the process that guided and supported my success as both a business woman and community builder: Meditation, Action, Reflection, Tithing, and Communion. Image: oil on canvas by Denise Sins.

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Creating Cross-Cultural and International Experiences

Global Voice Project

Deborah Loesch-Griffin, along with her sons, Nevada and Cody Griffin, and her soul daughter, Alix Cirac, founded the Global Voice Project, a program offered through Community Chest, Inc., when they returned from their six-month world tour in 2002, during which they had made strong connections with youth in Northern Ireland. Deborah serves as a business sponsor for this project as well as directly coordinates and participates in the exchange program. Deborah is interested in supporting other organizations and communities who wish to bring the world to their doorstep through intentional exchanges that support youth as citizens and contributing members of their community and world.

What is the Global Voice Project about? Creating "a world that works for all." An international youth exchange network whose purpose is to help youth raise their personal and political awareness and create local and global change through leadership and service. Northern Nevada youth have completed an international exchange with youth from Northern Ireland and are continuing to learn what is happening globally instead of just in our homeland. In January, 2006 Global Voice hosted its second international youth exchange. A group of Storey County youth, college students, and adults traveled to Escuinapa, Mexico for two weeks to work in a low-income, rural middle school. Their efforts involved the rebuilding of a library, classification of more than 3,000 books, and sponsorship of two clinics.

Global Voice 2006 International Youth ExchangeTurning Point, Inc. has worked with the Northern Nevada International Center to evaluate their “Community Connections” program, host international visitors, and provide training and technical assistance to NNIC events and programs. TPI served as the facilitator and trainer for a group of women from Afghanistan who returned to their country after a three-week US experience to provide training for other women to establish micro-enterprises and small businesses. TPI will work with organizations and communities to plan international events and host dinners and other activities for visitors to our communities and country to build a broader base of understanding and community among all citizens. Photo: Deborah (far left) and Virginia City High School Global Voice 2006 International Youth Exchange members (Teacapan, Mexico).

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