Clients & Projects


Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)UCS

2014 – present

Monitoring & Evaluation:

Kane is in the fourth year of an evaluation process to learn about implementation and outcomes in an initiative led by the Union of Concerned Scientists‘ Food and Environment Program. During the creation of a new collaborative, the evaluation included surveys, stakeholder interviews, meeting observation, data analysis, and evaluation reports. In the current phase of campaign implementation and development, Kane is leading a developmental evaluation that measures intended outcomes and includes reflection opportunities to identify and adapt to emerging outcomes.

The William + Flora Hewlett Foundation

2016 – 2017

Monitoring & Evaluation:

As a partner on a three-person evaluation team through BLE Solutions, Kane conducted a retrospective impact evaluation of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) commissioned by the Hewlett Foundation. The evaluators worked in close collaboration with MFAN to study the network’s activities and results from its launch in 2008 to 2016, as MFAN prepared for its next phase. Evaluators applied contribution analysis to deeply explore four federal policy outcomes and conducted a broad assessment of other results related to MFAN strategies and capacities. The full final report and other targeted reports are publicly available.

The Democracy FundDemocracy Fund

2014 – 2017

Monitoring & Evaluation:

Kane supported the Democracy Fund in its work to develop methods for monitoring, evaluation, and learning at the new, independent foundation. Kane led a two-year process evaluation of the Fund’s use of systems mapping for strategy development. Kane and colleagues at the Democracy Fund offered reflections on this experience on the Fund’s blog and at the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She also conducted several evaluations of the Fund’s grantmaking in the area of civic engagement.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)PHR

2012 – 2014

Monitoring & Evaluation/Advocacy Evaluation Training & Facilitation:

Kane led an 18-month monitoring and evaluation process of a Physicians for Human Rights program to train health professionals and attorneys in the Middle East/North Africa region to document human rights abuses in ongoing conflict. She developed monitoring systems to manage and assess program delivery, and gathered information through tests, surveys, and interviews to assess training results using the Kirkpatrick approach. This project included onsite evaluation engagement in Amman, Jordan as well as desk review of data gathered. PHR used the findings to adapt training and other support and to inform funders about results and program needs. In 2012, Kane led an evaluation of PHR’s Immigration Detainee Health Project. Through a collaborative process with the staff of PHR, Kane revised the program’s logic model, identified meaningful indicators of intended outcomes, developed data collection tools, and gathered data to learn about the implementation and results of the program. She delivered an evaluation report to PHR to use for accountability to funders, program improvement, and future planning. Additionally, Kane led the staff through an advocacy evaluation planning process to identify progress on the path toward longer-term policy change.

The Commonwealth FundCommonwealth Fund

2014

Research & Writing

Kane led a research project for the Commonwealth Fund regarding health policy thought leaders. She interviewed 36 respected health system leaders, payers, and policy makers and analyzed their views on challenges and solutions in health care today. The Commonwealth Fund used the findings in decision-making discussions with program teams and with their board of directors.

NEA Healthy FuturesNEA Healthy Futures

2012 – 2014

Program Monitoring & Evaluation:

Kane led an evaluation of the Healthier School Foods Project of NEA Healthy Futures (formerly Health Information Network). Working in collaboration with the staff of NEA Healthy Futures, RK Evaluation & Strategies created a program logic model, evaluation plan, project monitoring systems, and data collection tools to measure the results of these advocacy efforts. The team gathered data through surveys, interviews, and focus groups to answer research questions for the purposes of program improvement, accountability, and future planning for Bag the Junk.

Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF)AECF

2012 – 2014

Monitoring & Evaluation/Evaluation Planning:

Through the Center for Evaluation Innovation, Kane led an effort to conduct an initial evaluation of SPARC, a project designed to help state child welfare advocates make an even bigger policy impact and improve outcomes for children and families. Together with SPARC leaders, the evaluation team created a theory of change for the initiative, learning questions, outcomes, and indicators of progress. Kane conducted interviews with national child policy thought leaders, state child welfare experts, and state advocates, as well as other research. Kane also assisted CEI in developing a portfolio-level evaluation framework for the Annie E. Casey Foundation‘s Center for Effective Family Services and Systems (CEFSS).

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project – Teen ProgramHomeless Children's Playtime

2013 – 2014

Monitoring & Evaluation Planning:

Through SuccessLinks, LLC, Kane helped create a monitoring and evaluation system for the Teen Program of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project. The evaluation team created a program logic model, evaluation plan, and several databases for ongoing monitoring use by program staff and volunteers. The team also piloted use of the new tools and conducted preliminary data analysis.

American Council on Education (ACE)ACE

2013 – 2014

Program Monitoring & Evaluation:

Through Hyra Consulting, Kane was on a team that evaluated the impact of the Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions of the American Council on Education. The team created a logic model and evaluation plan for the Toolkit, developed an interview questionnaire and survey, and analyzed data collected by ACE to produce evaluation reports for accountability and program improvement purposes.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC Foundation)HRC

2006 – 2013

Program Planning & Facilitation/Project Management/Research & Writing:

Kane led and facilitated multiple projects for the Children, Youth, & Families Program of the HRC Foundation. She led the development of a report on a landmark survey of more than 10,000 LGBT youth, and produced additional reports from that sample. She served as a consultant for the All Children – All Families initiative, managing the work plan and deliverables in its initial phase in 2007 and facilitated five annual planning sessions of its National Advisory Council. She led the creation of a comprehensive guide of promising practices in the field in 2007, and four revised editions of the guide — conducting more than 100 interviews, gathering numerous sample documents, writing and editing the report. Kane also led program staff through a strategy mapping process to develop a work plan for the Welcoming Schools Initiative and facilitated planning meetings for the initiative’s National Advisory Council in 2010 and 2012. Kane conducted a strategy mapping session to create an action plan in 2011 for the Healthcare Equality Index initiative and facilitated a program planning process at the inaugural meeting of HEI National Advisory Council. Kane also led the staff of the HRC Children, Youth, & Families Program through a program planning process in 2006, to create a logic model for the department’s multiple initiatives.

Organization of American States (OAS)OAS

2012

Monitoring & Evaluation Planning:

Kane managed an effort to create a system of monitoring and evaluation for a maritime security training project in two Organization of American States member countries. In collaboration with OAS and the training contractor, Kane developed a matrix and additional materials to guide project monitoring and a future evaluation by identifying meaningful baselines, indicators, and outcomes.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)AFSCME

2008 – 2012

Project Management/Training/Writing:

Kane managed the implementation of an online web-building tool among AFSCME affiliate and local unions. The tool, called LaborWeb, allows councils and local unions to produce and maintain professional websites – enhancing effectiveness in communications and advocacy. She conducted monthly online trainings with unions across the country, offered ongoing technical assistance, and created support materials for users.

National Park ServiceNPS

2009 – 2011

Program Monitoring & Evaluation:

Through the Federal Consulting Group, a franchise in the U.S. Department of the Interior that assists federal agencies with consulting, executive coaching, and performance measurement, Kane led an evaluation of the New Superintendents Academy of the National Park Service. This included assessing program expectations among participants, the effectiveness and outcomes of its in-person training programs and webinars, and changes in competencies among participants. She and her team created and analyzed multiple online surveys, producing six reports for learning and improvement. Kane also led an assessment of several executive coaching programs for Park superintendents. This project included program document review, the development and deployment of online surveys, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and production of a final report with conclusions and recommendations for improvement.

Missouri Foundation for HealthMO Fdn for Health

2011

Advocacy Evaluation Training & Technical Assistance:

In association with evaluation consultant Tanya Beer of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, Kane developed and delivered a series of five webinar trainings on advocacy evaluation to grantees and partner organizations of the Missouri Foundation for Health. Topics included an Introduction to Advocacy Evaluation; Building Relationships with Decision-Makers: Tracking Champions; Making Media Tracking Meaningful; Measuring Message Resonance and Public Will; and Coalition Building and Grassroots Mobilization: Mapping Connections and Action. Kane also delivered individual technical assistance to grantees, reviewing and offering feedback on evaluation plans, intended outcomes, and data collection tools.

Rainbow Families DCRFDC

2009; 2010; 2011; 2014

Program Planning & Facilitation:

Kane prepared customized one-day program planning sessions for the board of directors of Rainbow Families DC, a small, non-staffed nonprofit agency. In 2009, the organization identified audiences and key short-term outcomes, linking those with longer-term results, and it identified and prioritized activities and outputs to create the base of a detailed work plan and calendar. Kane delivered a logic model, work plan, and calendar of program events, along with a memo outlining next steps for the board to apply these new tools. In 2010 and 2011, Kane led the organization through annual program review and planning processes, identifying areas of strength and potential growth, and delivering updated work plans and action items.

Congressional Hunger CenterCongressional Hunger Center

2011

Evaluation Training:

Kane created and delivered a customized training in program monitoring and evaluation for the 6th class of the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program during the intensive orientation training week before the fellows began their field placements.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)NAPNAP

2010 – 2011

Program Planning/Research & Writing/Monitoring & Evaluation:
Kane conducted stakeholder interviews and analysis to inform an Advisory Work Group tasked with assessing organizational board governance for NAPNAP. She also conducted an evaluation of NAPNAP’s two national programs – Keep your children/yourself Safe and Secure (KySS) and Healthy Eating and Activity Together (HEAT). Through program document review, phone interviews and online surveys, she gathered, analyzed, and reported stakeholder perspectives on the programs’ resources and activities, accomplishments to date and ideas for how they should move into the future. This project included analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and producing a final report with conclusions and recommendations for action.

REALITY Israel ExperienceREALITY

2010 – 2011

Program Monitoring & Evaluation:

Through Successlinks LLC, Kane co-led an impact evaluation of the REALITY Israel Experience, a leadership development program among selected Teach for America corps members. This project included program document review and research, the development of a comprehensive evaluation plan, the development and deployment of interview, focus group and online survey tools, quantitative and qualitative analysis, presentation of draft findings to sponsoring organizations (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Samberg Family Foundation, Teach For America and the Center for Leadership Initiatives), and production of a final report. In 2011, Kane presented findings from this impact evaluation during a webinar hosted by RepairLabs, a website of Repair the World, a nonprofit organization focused on the role of service learning in the Jewish community.

Centers for Disease ControlCDC

2011

Program Evaluation:

Through the Federal Consulting Group, a franchise in the U.S. Department of the Interior that assists federal agencies with consulting, executive coaching and performance measurement, Kane and a team of consultants conducted analysis and produced an evaluation report of executive coaching services among CDC leaders.

United States Patent and Trademark OfficeUSPTO

2008 – 2011

Program Evaluation:

Through the Federal Consulting Group, a franchise in the U.S. Department of the Interior that assists federal agencies with consulting, executive coaching and performance measurement, Kane and a team of consultants completed several program evaluation and measurement reporting projects for USPTO. These projects included creating interview and focus group protocols, conducting dozens of interviews in-person and by phone, leading focus groups, creating a program logic model, identifying performance measures, outcomes and indicators, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and producing several evaluation reports with recommendations for action. A report for the USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) is available here.

American Inns of CourtAm Inns of Court

2009

Program Planning:

As an independent consultant, Kane prepared a customized one-time session for all staff of the American Inns of Court to learn and apply the program logic model to the association’s strategic and budget planning processes. Through this process, the organization identified audiences and key short-term outcomes, linked those with longer-term results and then discussed alignment of several current programs with the intended results.

D.C. Office of Partnerships and Grant Services in the Executive Office of the MayorDC OPGS

2007 – 2008

Program Monitoring & Evaluation/Research & Writing:
Working with SuccessLinks LLC, Kane led the staff of the DC Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) through a program evaluation work session to develop logic models and evaluation plans for two agency programs. After the session, the evaluation team delivered a program logic model and a comprehensive evaluation plan for both programs, listing program activities, outputs, evaluation questions and data collection methods for implementation evaluation as well as outcomes, indicators and data collection methods for outcome evaluation. Kane also created two evaluation toolkits for DC OPGS to use with nonprofits that participate in the agency’s programs. The comprehensive training toolkits included two workbooks (one tailored to HIV/AIDS organizations; the other focused on other nonprofit services), related worksheets and two sets of samples and resources.