In July, Angie Donelson discussed the importance of trust building in multi-stakeholder partnerships. We experimented with a framework and accessible ways of examining trust building that are grounded in real-world projects. Whether you attended that session or not, if you’re interested in evaluation, you are welcome to attend this follow-up session. And if you’d like to learn more about what was covered in the first session and/or view the recording, go to In this interactive workshop, we examine how you can use a trust building framework to evaluate the impact of your multi-stakeholder program over time.  Join us to learn how you can start – or improve — evaluation of your programs. You will learn:

  • Why creating a program development map – or a picture of how your program works – is important for understanding your program impact
  • How to lead stakeholders through a program mapping process that links program activities to measurable short, medium and long-term multi-stakeholder goals
  • How to integrate trust building in your metrics to diagnose challenges in your multi-stakeholder partnership and create more sustained impact

We will examine several case studies and experiment with your own programs to identify how process-level changes in trust can increase partnership engagement for stronger outcomes.

About the Presenter:

Angela J. Donelson, PhD, AICP has more than 25 years of professional experience assisting nonprofit organizations and local governments with research, planning and implementation of community development strategies and programs. She specializes in outcomes-oriented program evaluation and coaching as well as community development planning and financing strategies.

For the past decade and a half, she has consulted with local and regional nonprofits, foundations and local and state governments. From 1999-2004, she worked as the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) representative to Arizona’s colonias. In this role, she assisted dozens of underprivileged, rural US-Mexico border communities and nonprofit organizations with various capacity building needs. Before that, she worked as a city planner in southern Arizona, New Jersey and Kansas.

She holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation work, which addressed innovative community development approaches to fighting US-Mexico border poverty, was sponsored by a fellowship from the Rural Poverty Research Center and Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has a master’s degree in community and regional planning from Kansas State University, and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Arizona. She also has received community development training from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. She is also certified by the American Planning Association as a professional planner (AICP).

Dr. Donelson has published two academically-refereed books on US-border community development and academic research that has appeared in book chapters and peer-reviewed journals, addressing housing policy, rural poverty, public health and community development in inter-cultural contexts.