Research and Evaluation

Engaging CNM’s research & evaluation experts will provide you with data-driven insights on your community and your organization’s impact and efficacy.

What We Do

We listen and learn alongside our partners using qualitative and quantitative methods to demonstrate results, illuminate growth areas, and inform decision-making.

Research and evaluation projects range, based on our clients’ needs, from one-time, three to six-month evaluations to multi-year partnerships. Our team has extensive experience with organizational and program-related assessments, such as Community Needs Assessments.

Qualitative: Our team works with your staff to identify various stakeholders participating in focus groups, interviews, and surveys. Using our extensive knowledge of Southern California and its communities, CNM will recruit for, conduct, analyze, and contextualize our findings.

Quantitative: We will use data and information provided by your organization, multiple public data sources, and CNM’s sector insights and reports to identify and analyze trends. CNM utilizes public sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the Los Angeles Health Survey, California Health Interview Survey, Office of Statewide Health and Planning and Development, CDC National Health Statistics, National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Education, and others.

 

Together We Can Achieve

We support organizations to make data-driven, strategic decisions, demonstrate impact for current and potential funders, and uplift community voices. Beyond providing primary and secondary data, we help organizations interpret findings, improve data collection practices, and communicate impact. Our approach is community-based, results-oriented, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and analytical.  

We are ready to provide:

  • Organizational & Program-related Assessments
  • Community Health Needs Assessments
  • Community Needs Assessments
  • Evaluation Planning
  • Focus Group Facilitation and Response Collection 
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Interpreting and Communicating Data
  • Research and Publications
 

Who We Work With 

CNM is ready to partner with:  

  • Nonprofit leadership interested in learning more about your impact, community, organization, or opportunities on the horizon
  • Nonprofit staff looking to launch a new initiative or service within a new service area
  • Hospitals conducting your triannual Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
  • Boards of Directors looking to take a data-driven approach to strategic planning or launching new programs
  • Nonprofits wanting to evaluate and understand your advocacy efforts in your communities
  • Funders looking to better understand your portfolio, community, and partners
  • Government agencies looking to in invest and understand the impact of programs on your community

Want to learn more about your community and impact? Schedule a time with one of our team members.

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Maura Harrington Ph.D., MBA

Executive Vice President
Center for Nonprofit Management

Maura is known for her expertise in organizational development and strategy and in all aspects of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation. At CNM, she oversees the client services team and provides consulting, training, and coaching services to a broad range of organizations. Much of her consulting and capacity-building work has been with community-based organizations and public health departments related to effective organizational operations, evaluation practices, and the use of logic models and other assessment tools to support planning, evaluation, and management. A BoardSource Trainer, a certified Advanced Associate, and a Trainer for the Connective Leadership Institute; Maura has completed certification as an executive coach under the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center, a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University, and serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychology. 

Speak With an Expert

Need expert advice? We're only an email or phone call away. Use this form to get in touch or call the Nonprofit Answer Hotline at the number listed below. You can also schedule a free, 15-minute appointment and we’ll match you with an in-house expert.








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CNM Nonprofit Hotline

Need expert advice? We’re only an email or phone call away. Use this form to get in touch or call the Nonprofit Answer Hotline at the number listed below.

You can also schedule a free, 15-minute appointment and we’ll match you with an in-house expert.








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