I decided to cross-post this Medium blog post by Julia Coffman of the Center of Evaluation Innovation because of its humorous yet very astute look at the evolution of our profession. It shows the extensive experience of Julia and her colleagues, as well as their passion for the evaluation profession. Enjoy this good food for thought. - Zenda Ofir
Oh for the Love of Sticky Notes! The Changing Role of Evaluators Who Work with Foundations
By Julia Coffman, Center for Evaluation Innovation, April 2016
There I was, stuffing sticky notes and Sharpies into a Ziploc bag. And staring back at me, in sharp neon relief, was the realization that my job as an evaluator had changed. Big time.
But before I get to that, let me offer some background. While I haven’t done any scientific research on this, I’ve done a good amount of asking around. And I’d posit that if you mapped the personality types of evaluators, a pretty sizable chunk would fall into what the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality inventory calls the INTJ type.
The letters stand for Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, and Judging. I’d guess the percentage of evaluators who are INTJs (one of 16 possible personality types) is way higher than the nationwide average of 2–4 percent of the population.
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Julia Coffman is an evaluator and researcher with particular expertise in the evaluation of nonprofit advocacy and policy change efforts.