Open Position: RFP for data collection and use practices

  • 30 Apr 2019
  • 31 May 2019
  • Stark County, OH

Title / Position: Pegasus Farm Data Modernization

Organization:     Pegasus Farm

Location:              Hartville and Louisville (Stark County, Ohio)

Hours / Full or Part Time               :               Contract

Time period (e.g., permanent, 2 year contract, etc.):        6 Months

Description of position: See RFP

Education / experience requirements:    See RFP

Web Site:                

Contact person & information:   Tammi Gainer,

Deadline for submission:              May 31, 2019

Posting end date:             May 31, 2019



Spring Exchange 2019 – Driving Change*

The Spring Exchange is OPEG’s opportunity for evaluators to gather, network, and showcase innovative ideas in diverse areas. Join us at Otterbein University on May 17, 2019 for a day-long engagement with colleagues and professional development. Links to the program schedule and registration are available here.

The theme for this year is Driving Change and the speakers and session topics are:

Jim Mahoney, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Educator in Residence, Buckeye Association of School Administrators; Executive in Residence, Ohio University, Voinovich School Executive Director, Emeritus, Battelle for Kids

Change Matters: Everybody is for change as long as they don’t have to do anything different

Abstract: This keynote underpins the importance of asking the right questions, designing the right studies, and sharing the answers rightly from evaluation. Jim Mahoney will outline ideas and practices intended to inform, illustrate, and inspire evaluators on the importance of the role in any meaningful change.

Trust, Transparency, and Timing: Key Factors in Driving Change through Effective Evaluator Advocacy

Rakesh Mohan, MPA, Director, Office of Performance Evaluations, Idaho Legislature

Abstract: Rakesh will use stories and examples from his work with the Idaho Legislature to illustrate how his small evaluation office drives big changes at the state government level. Building trust with sponsors and stakeholders, keeping the evaluation process transparent, and understanding timing constraints have been key factors in his success.

From Passive Texts to “Interactive” Automated Conversations: Encouraging Participation in Social Services Programming for Low-Income Youth

Sunny Munn, PhD, Welfare and Workforce Research Manager, OERC - Ohio State University

Driving Change for Vulnerable Children: Lead Exposure in Children

Rob Fischer, PhD, Associate Professor, Elizabeth Anthony, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, & Meghan Salas Atwell, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University

 Examining theory of change for "Girls in Science"

Carmen Dixon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Capital University and Krisanna Machtmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio University

*Updated April 22, 2019

Roberta O’Keefe Award for Outstanding Contribution to OPEG

Thom Craig, MPA

Evaluation Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Program Evaluation in Ohio

Sheri Chaney Jones, MA

Thom Craig, MPA, is the Director of Mental Health Program of Peg’s Foundation, the largest mental health funder in Ohio. Peg's Foundation promotes the implementation of a stronger, more effective, compassionate and inclusive health care system for all. Since 1991, Peg's Foundation has granted over $45million to mental health, education, and the arts. In his role, Thom collaborates with non-profits, community leaders, families and persons with lived experience of mental illness seeking ways to improve access to care and recovery. He evaluates the outcomes of grants, program investments and develops program ideas. Thom consults with grant seekers to ensure alignment with the foundations strategic areas of focus. He pursues methods to increase cross-system collaboration to activate community solutions.

Thom has a background in social services, public health, intellectual disabilities, public education and mental illness. Over the past thirty years he has interacted with many non-profit and philanthropic organizations in implementation of services and program development. Mr. Craig received his Bachelor's Degree in psychology and philosophy from Borromeo College Seminary in Cleveland and holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Akron.

For nearly a decade, Thom has made substantial contributions to OPEG. Thom is a funder whose passion surrounding the value of evaluation led him to serve several terms on the OPEG board. When I (Lana Rucks) was just taking over as President of OPEG, I made a personal invitation for him to serve on the board (once again) because his experience and perspective was deeply needed as I was learning my new role. Without hesitation, he accepted. He has been presenter, recruiter, encourager, motivator, persuader, and most of all, believer in the mission, and advocate of the vision of OPEG.

   For over 18 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved the social sector using performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices. Her experience and expertise has transformed measurement cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.

   Sheri is a leading thought leader on public sector evaluation and applied organizational research.  Ms. Jones is the author of Impact & Excellence: Data-Driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture, and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations (Jossey Bass, 2014). This book provides government and nonprofit leaders a proven path to increase the evaluation and assessment capacity of their organizations. Sheri is an international speaker on measurement best practices and the use of evaluation results for improved public sector organizational efficiencies and outcomes.

   Prior to founding MRC, Sheri served as the Performance Center Manager for the Ohio Department of Aging, Deputy Director for Performance Evaluation with the Franklin County Juvenile Court and Organizational Researcher for a Columbus-based consulting firm, Decision Support Services, Inc. Sheri holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

   As a passionate advocate for human rights, work/life balance and women’s empowerment, Sheri believes that her mission is to act as the “pebble” that creates a ripple effect through her family, employees, community, clients and then out to the world at large. This was exemplified as she was the recipient of the “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2017.  Sheri’s passion shines as she balances her career with the raising of her four children with her husband Matt. You will often find Sheri cheering on her kids, volunteering at her church and in the community, and spending time with family and friends.

   Quote from Sheri – “I have fallen in love with the mission of the social sector.  It is a privilege to lead a team of professionals with analytical and organizational development skills to help strengthen organizations that are providing services for the greater good.  I’ve seen firsthand the good organizations do when they adopt cultures built on data information, and learning.”


As the Local Affiliate for the American Evaluation Association, the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group was successful because of you! OPEG celebrates you and recognizes you for your volunteer service to OPEG/ Thank you for your hard work and dedication!!




Jim Altschuld

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Elizabeth Bolander

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH

Asli Buldum

United Way of Summit County

Akron, OH

Marla Carano

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Carla Clasen

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

Doug Clay

Candor Consulting

Cleveland, OH

Pat Clifford

Clifford Consulting

Cincinnati, OH

Elizabeth Culp

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland, OH

Michelle Davis

Tremont West Development Corporation

Cleveland, OH

Madison Doty

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

Rob Fischer

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Mike FitzGerald

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

John Garity

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County

Kent, OH

Jean Harper

Harper Mack Group

Springfield, OH

Thomas (TJ) Horwood


Canton, OH

Margaret Hutzel

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Tania Jarosewich

Censeo Group, LLC

Hinckley, OH

Megan Johanson

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio

Columbus, OH

Lesli Johnson

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Sheri Chaney Jones

Measurement Resources

Powell, OH

Daniel Kloepfer

Ohio University

Athens, OH

David Larwin

Kent State University

Salem, OH

Karen Larwin

Kent State University

Salem, OH

Matt Linick

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Cleveland, OH

Krisanna Machtmes 

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Colleen Mackey


Lakewood, OH

Seema Mahato

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Cheryl Marcus

Independent Evaluator

Xenia, OH

Myron Marshall

Cleveland Foundation

Cleveland, OH

Andrew Menger-Ogle

C H Smith & Associates

Cincinnati, OH

Sydney Merz


Cleveland, OH

Jan Noga

Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting

Cincinnati, OH

Clara Pelfrey

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Alyssa Pettey

Measurement Resources

Powell, OH

Miriam Rose

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Cleveland, OH

Lana Rucks

The Rucks Group

Dayton, Ohio

Cindi Szymanski

Playhouse Square

Cleveland, OH

Aviva Vincent

Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic

Chagrin Falls, OH

Scott Vollmer

Great Lakes Science Center

Cleveland, OH

Visobe Welch

Lorain County Community College

Elyria, OH

Tom Williams

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County

Cleveland, OH

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