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Evaluating Our Work: Why and How?

Join a Virtual Training Workshop on Tuesday 31 May 2022, 11:00-12:30 CET with Carli Lessof and Colin Bulka


How do we know if we are achieving something meaningful in our Jewish community work?

How do we measure success and failure, and report this to funders and boards?

How can we use the information we gather to improve what we do?

It can often be challenging to measure our impact and success, at both an individual and community level, beyond simply counting numbers of people who sign up to services or come to events. This often tells us very little about the outcome of the engagement.

In this interactive workshop we will:

  1. Start to think about monitoring, evaluation and learning for not-for-profit work
  2. Understand the different approaches and language used in the field
  3. Come away with some practical suggestions for how to increase the evaluation that you can do, even with limited time and funds

This is an introductory session and a more in depth follow up course will be offered in the autumn for those interested in understanding the topic further.

To help you get as much from this interactive workshop as possible, participants are requested to join from a computer rather than a mobile device and to turn on camera mode. We also advise you to update to the latest version of Zoom available.

Please note that Live Transcript (English Subtitles) will be available.

Spaces are limited and priority will be given to Jewish community professionals living and working in Europe/UK.

NB: the session will take place at 11:00-12:30 CET (10:00-11:30 UK, 12:00-13:30 Baltics and Bulgaria).

This workshop is now full. To join the waiting list, click here. If places become available we will confirm your place and you will be sent a Zoom link for the workshop. We encourage you to add this to your calendar.

Please be in touch with us at with any questions.

Carli Lessof

Carli Lessof is a Senior Research Fellow at JPR. Carli is responsible for JPR’s community statistics programme and online research panel. One of the areas JPR is exploring is how best to support community organisations to evaluate their activities and strengthen their impact. Carli joined JPR just before the pandemic, having carried out social research for over three decades; at the London School of Economics, the Department for Work and Pensions, the National Audit Office, NatCen Social Research and Kantar.

Over her career, she has been involved in different aspects of monitoring and evaluation: developing operational research studies to assess policy implementation, commissioning and conducting large-scale impact evaluations of Government programmes, and teaching and facilitating evaluation research methods. Carli has an MA in Applied Social Research from Manchester University and is currently completing her PhD in social statistics at Southampton University.

Colin Bulka

Colin is Yesod Europe’s Program Director, responsible for Yesod Europe’s program development and implementation, including Yesod’s Professional Development Fund. He works with Jewish community professionals and educators to identify their growth and development goals and support them in making plans to reach them.

Colin has decades of international experience in youth and community work, serving in key roles in some of the most prestigious programs for Jewish and Zionist youth leadership and informal education in the world. Within these roles, Colin has implemented evaluation mechanisms, as a non-research professional and with limited resources.

Colin has an MA in The Management of Youth and Community Work and Applied Anthropology and is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows Programme at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership.