what we're reading

Below are some of the great publications, tools, and resources that we are using in our work these days for topics such as early education, farm to school and healthy eating programs, and community-focused evaluation.


farm to school:

  • Whole Measures for Community Food Systems (WMCFS): Stories From the Field

  • Community Food Projects Evaluation Handbook, Toolkit & Tools Curriculum


children's health and education:

  • Free Afterschool Program for African American Children: Findings and Lessons. Family and Community Health 36:4, September 2013. 

  • Report From the Field:  Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Program and Low Income Families. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 24:3
    August 2013.

  • Culture and Context: The Collaborative Fund for Youth-Led Social Change. Ms. Foundation for Women 2006. 


community focused evaluation:

  • Evaluation and Power Dynamics in a Social Justice Context

  • Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use, 2011, Guilford Press.

  • Evaluation in the Field: The Need for Site Visit Standards. American Journal of Evaluation.  August, 2015. 

  • “Analyzing and Engaging Stakeholders,” with John Bryson, Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, 4th ed. Edited by Kathryn E. Newcomer, Joseph Wholey, and Harry Hatry, 2014, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 36-60.

  • “Future Trends in Evaluation,” (pp. 44-57) and “Utilization-Focused Evaluations” (pp. 252-277), in From Policies to Results: Developing Capacities for Country Monitoring & Evaluation Systems, edited by Marco Segone, UNICEF, 2014.



  • David Zirin, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy (Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2016).

  • Health Information Seeking and Use Outside of the Medical Encounter: Is It Associated with Race and Ethnicity? Social Science & Medicine Volume 74, Issue 2, January 2012, Pages 176–184.

  • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. 2010. W.W. Norton & Co. 2010.

  • The Social Justice Phrase Guide. Opportunity Agenda.

  • Opportunity for Black Men and Boys: Public Opinion, Media Depictions, and Media Consumption. Opportunity Agenda. 2012.