2018 Evaluation Insights: Finding Patterns, The Second-Day Difference, Building Connections

Over the past two years, we’ve been working to understand, evaluate, and measure the impact of our work through participant surveys and interviews, which occur before and after our programs. As we wrap up 2018, we wanted to share a few of our most significant findings from more than 150 communities we’ve tracked this year.

Finding One: Building Connections Across Differences

Don’t Go It Alone: Better Outcomes When You Train, Plan Together

Planning a dialogue in coordination with folks from a diverse and divided community can be arduous, frustrating, and time-consuming. You have to balance conflicting schedules, find spaces to meet, and manage expectations.

But there is evidence that it’s not ideal to embark on a dialogue project alone.

Essential Partners follows up with our workshop participants after three, six, and twelve months as part of our Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) program.

Feeling Heard: Early Signs of EP's Impact

When people in our communities feel that their views are being ignored because of who they are, our communities grow more divided across lines of identification and identity.

As part of an effort to understand the impact of our work on inclusion and social cohesion, Essential Partners surveys participants to gauge whether they feel heard and taken seriously. And although we only have preliminary data at this point, we are encouraged by early indications about the impact of our approach to dialogue.