Strategic Evidence Planning: A Practitioner's Perspective

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The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with recent criminal convictions through employment. CEO’s structured and tightly supervised program, which offers transitional jobs, job coaching and placement assistance, and work supports, seeks to make participants job-ready, stay employed, and remain free from incarceration.

The organization recently partnered with Project Evident to pilot the creation of a Strategic Evidence Plan (SEP) – a multi-year roadmap to accelerate investments and activities for continuous evidence generation and program improvement that are grounded in operational reality and learning agenda of social sector organizations.

In this brief, Brad Dudding, CEO’s Chief Impact Officer, reflects on the organization’s experience with the SEP process.

The SEP process positions social sector practitioners as the driver of their evidence strategy and produces a roadmap to guide investments and activities for continuous program improvement and evidence generation.
— Brad Dudding, Chief Impact Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities