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2022 Data and Evaluation Training Series #1: Data Basics

May 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

This session is part of the Data and Evaluation Training Series, to view the other sessions:

This session – Session 1: Data Basics
Session 2: Program Evaluation Basics
Session 3: Theory of Change
Session 4: Program Evaluation Planning

Given limited resources and stretched capacity, data collection procedures and program evaluation strategies at the individual program level often fall short in terms of identifying gaps in service, areas for growth, and program impact. Today, philanthropic giving demands quantifiable return on investment in exchange for donations and grants. Combining nearly 20 years of experience in designing bereavement-focused evaluation protocols with the power of the CBEM, with philanthropic support provided by the New York Life Foundation and in collaboration with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), Judi’s House/JAG Institute offers a series of free trainings to share best practices in data collection and program evaluation.

This first workshop on Data Basics will outline where to start with essential data capture for process evaluation and highlight how organizations can capitalize on what they may already be collecting as well as what community data are available. Presenters will discuss the role of data in the childhood bereavement field, review data fundamentals (e.g., types and sources of data) using accessible examples, and provide tips on how to start strong with data gathering to help tell your story.

Target Audience:  Counselors, Social workers, Bereavement support professionals
Instructional Level: All Levels


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key data sources for evaluation.
  • Discuss types of data and when to utilize them
  • Explain how to establish practical strategies for gathering data.

Speaker Bios:

Laura Landry, PhD is the Director of Evaluation and Research at Judi’s House/JAG Institute. She has 15 years’ experience evaluating community-based programs and large-scale prevention initiatives as well as building the capacity of organizations to utilize data to drive decisions. In addition to heading the organization’s Childhood Bereavement Changemaker Initiative, Laura oversees the Evaluation and Research Department. Her work focuses on evaluating Judi’s House services, building evaluation/data utilization capacity in the field, and disseminating the prevalence of childhood bereavement to inform advocates and practitioners working in the field.

Deirdre Erkman is the Evaluation Researcher at Judi’s House/JAG Institute. With over 5 years’ experience applying data analysis to nonprofit programming, Deirdre has a passion for guiding organizations to use data to benefit the people being served. In her role at Judi’s House, she leads the Childhood Bereavement Changemaker expansion, collaborating with organizations across the country to devise data-informed strategies and recommendations to improve decision-making, implementation, process, and outcomes. Deirdre holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Tulane University. She can be reached at



May 12, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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