eStudy 092: Consulting and Collaborating with Communities and Nonprofits
eStudy 092: Consulting and Collaborating with Communities and Nonprofits


Susan M. Wolfe, Ph.D. Community Consultant, Susan Wolfe and Associates, LLC
Ann Webb Price, Ph.D. President, Community Evaluation Solutions


This eStudy will provide evaluators who work with community members and community-based organizations with specific skills, strategies, and insight needed to effectively engage in communities. Community-based organizations include government, education, health care, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations. It also includes work with community partnerships, community organizing groups, grassroots organizations, and collaboratives. We will explore topics that include the personal qualities and professional competencies needed to be effective working as an evaluator in community settings and discuss how these qualities and competencies can be developed. Participants will learn how the competencies can be applied for effective community engagement and collaboration. The presenters will also share helpful information when working with community collaboratives and partnerships. Participants will complete a community consulting competencies inventory that provides insights regarding your own professional development strengths and opportunities. The eStudy will also provide participants with information that will enhance their knowledge to work successfully with community-based organizations while navigating resource limitations and community politics, and how to build successful collaborations with communities and colleagues. Practical tips and resources will be shared.

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to describe what community consulting is and how it differs from more traditional consulting styles.
Understand the personal characteristics and professional competencies that contribute to success and effectiveness when engaged with communities.
Express awareness of the levels of community participation and collaboration and their relevance to evaluation.
Describe at least 3 effective community engagement strategies to enhance community-based participatory evaluation.
Know the pitfalls and benefits of collaboration with community-based organizations and community members and building collaborations with colleagues.

Primary Audience:

This is an intermediate course, intended for evaluators with some experience and background.

Dates and Sessions:

August 7, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)
August 9, 12:00-1:30pm (EDT)


Susan M. Wolfe, Ph.D. is a Community Consultant for Susan Wolfe and Associates, a firm located in Cedar Hill, TX. Dr. Wolfe is a community and developmental psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with community-based organizations and collaboratives. She conducts evaluations in many areas, including maternal/infant health disparities, community coalitions and collaboratives, community engagement initiative, and working with nonprofits to build their capacity to evaluate their programs. Dr. Wolfe is the co-editor of Community Psychology: Foundations for Practice (with Victoria Scott) which provides in-depth information on many of the competencies that will be described in this eStudy.

Ann Webb Price, PhD is the founder and President of Community Evaluation Solutions, a social science evaluation firm based in the metro-Atlanta area. Dr. Price is a community psychologist with almost 20 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based organizations, foundations and state and federally funded prevention programs. She conducts evaluations in many areas including education and dropout prevention, substance abuse prevention, youth development, foster care advocacy, child care, community coalitions, and public health. Ann is an active member of the American Evaluation Association and the local Atlanta affiliate.

Facilitation Experience:

Susan Wolfe’s facilitation experience includes two years of facilitating sessions at the American Evaluation Association’s Summer Institute; facilitating a one-day workshop on coalition development at the Society for Community Research and Action’s Summer Institute; facilitating numerous roundtable and other group sessions at professional conferences; regularly facilitating focus groups and community listening sessions for evaluation projects; and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at universities. She also developed and facilitated Evaluation Certificate Programs and Evaluation Institutes for nonprofit organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Ann Price has been a frequent instructor at AEA’s Summer Institute, presents annually at the American Evaluation Association Conference, was an instructor at the Society for Community Research and Action’s Summer Institute, and regularly facilitates community collaborative meetings and focus groups. She has also taught undergraduate psychology courses at several universities.


Student Member Price- $40
Member Price- $75
Student Non-Member Price- $55
Non-Member Price- $100