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Mary Ferguson assisted us with our evaluation of our complex Policies Matter project using a quasi-developmental design. Since the project was emergent the evaluation had to be as well and Mary was adaptable and responsive. Mary was also able to work with the diverse stakeholders with whom the project engaged.
Mary, Janet, and I worked very closely on the Foundation’s 2010 learning and evaluation report “Beyond Survival: Helping Women Transition Out of Poverty.” This five year initiative involved various stakeholders including multiple funders, service providers and program participants. Mary was able to listen and work well with all stakeholders and took a collaborative approach to the entire project. The result was a fabulous report that highlights effective practices in women’s community economic development, informs policy and builds awareness of women’s journey out of poverty. We selected Eko Nomos as our evaluators because of their experience in the area of poverty reduction, their asset based approach to evaluation and learning and their strong understanding of women’s self-employment and social purpose enterprise development.