empowering communities through service
Saguaro Evaluation Group was founded in 2012 with the goal of making program evaluation affordable in order to highlight and expand upon the essential services performed by the numerous non-profits, social service agencies, and health care organizations in our community. Our team comprised of social workers embraces community empowerment in every aspect of our work, including our commitment to service. Through education, research, and consultation, we seek to transfer our skills and knowledge to increase the community's capacity to promote equitable health and well-being of all individuals and groups in our community. SEG's Annual Pro-Bono Project was developed to uphold the mission of empowerment through service. Each year we dedicate our time, services, and knowledge to empower another agency and its team members. To learn how your agency may partner with SEG through its Annual Pro-Bono Project, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 pro-bono project: Agency-tailored grant writing workshops
Saguaro Evaluation Group invites local non-profits to apply for a series of tailored grant writing workshops designed to increase their staff's capacity, skills, and knowledge in grant writing techniques. At no cost, agency staff will learn where to seek grant opportunities, how to develop poignant narrative, and how to utilize compelling statistics to demonstrate program effectiveness and justify greater funding.
Leading the trainings is SEG's Co-Founder and Principal Evaluator, Dr. Monica Parsai, who has over 16 years experience in grant writing . Dr. Parsai is trained in grant writing by the National Institute of Health and has successfully written and obtained funding from federal, state, and local institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Maricopa County Department of Health, the City of Phoenix, the Mohave County Department of Health, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Lippincott Foundation, and the St. Luke's Health Initiative.
Please click here to apply. Applications will be accepted between October 14, 2014 and December 15, 2014. Feel free to contact Dr. Monica Parsai, email@example.com regarding this opportunity.
streetlightusa's mentor program
StreetLightUSA's Mentor Project pairs girls (11-17years) who have been victims of child sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation with consistent, caring adults to help transition the girls into society to become independent, confident, and successful young women. In 2013, as a part of Saguaro Evaluation Group's 1st Annual Pro Bono Project, SEG and StreetLightUSA partnered to develop and assess the impact of the Mentor Program. The evaluation assess the quality of mentor match from the perceptions of both the Mentee (girl) and the Mentor. Additionally, the evaluation looks at how the girls' social self-efficacy changes over time. Measures were adapted from Harris & Nakkula's Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS V1.23, 2010) and their Mentor counterpart, the Match Characteristic Questionnaire (2008). The Connolly Social Self-Efficacy Scale (1988) was used to assess social self-efficacy. Findings are expected to be released in early Spring 2015 and will be used to inform stakeholders about the outcomes of the Mentor Program, to help program staff expand the program, and to inform the field about model social service programs for survivors of sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation. Preliminary findings will be highlighted at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit in Washington D.C. on January 29, 2015.
"Saguaro Evaluation has helped me prove why StreetLightUSA's Mentor
Program is necessary and why it needs to be continued and supported.
Their evaluation has ensured that future funders and donors can get
the information they want, when they want it, and allows me to discuss
the mentor program with other agencies backed up with research which
demonstrates its efficacy."
- Shadi Boudreau, Mentor Program Director, StreetLightUSA
Click on this link to learn more about StreetLightUSA.