Current and Highlighted CAPD Projects 

Key Contributors to Racial Equity

CAPD is proud to be one of the co-creators of, a website designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. The site continues to maintain an active presence, with new resources added on a monthly basis, an email newsletter reaching thousands of subscribers and a regularly updated Facebook page.

Evaluation of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative for the Duke Endowment

TRCI is a partnership of the Duke Divinity School, the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference and the North Carolina United Methodist Conference and the Duke Endowment. It is intended to foster thriving rural North Carolina communities by cultivating faithful rural Christian leadership and fruitful rural United Methodist congregations." CAPD completed a six year evaluation of the first phase of TRCI in 2014 (Executive Summary here; full report here), and is currently evaluating its second phase (2015 to 2017).

Findings on the implementation, results and lessons of the initiative come from site visits and interviews with laity and pastors in UMC Rural Churches and among Rural Fellows and student pastors while at Duke Divinity School, augmented by Conference data, surveys and in-depth interviews with representatives from each of the stakeholder institutions (the Duke Endowment, the Duke Divinity School and the two North Carolina Conferences.   


Evaluation of the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program

The Berrie Fellows Leadership program of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is designed to strengthen networks and capacities of people already on a path of serving Jewish needs and institutions NorthernNew Jersey. The Russell Berrie Foundation, which funds the program,commissioned an evaluation of the implementation and results of the first three cohorts. CAPD completed the evaluation and shared findings with Foundation Trustees and the program. A fourth cohort has recently been funded, the design of which responds to several of the evaluation recommendations.


Evaluation of Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations

CEIO is an effort to transform movements and organizations in New Haven to increase “inclusivity, justice, conscious co-creation
and overall mission effectiveness." CEIO was founded by Niyonu D. Spann and Bill Graustein, who commissioned the evaluation. Over the period 2009 to 2014, CAPD tracked and evaluated CEIO’s initial development, planning, pilot selection and implementation and early results, considering CEIO as the unit of analysis, with a focus on what could be learned about capacity building and partnerships in support of growth and transformation. We also worked to embed the values of CEIO fully within the evaluation itself. As requested, we produced very detailed internal interim and final reports including lessons for replication or continuation, and for evaluation.

Sample Project List - Evaluations

In addition to the highlighted projects above, here is a sample of some of CAPD's evaluation work over the past several years. 

Evaluation of Project Change

Evaluation of the Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassadors Leadership Program

Evaluation of the Healing the Heart of Diversity Leadership Program 

Evaluation of the Strong Sector Cluster

Evaluation of the Discovery Initiative 

Clients and Partners in Our Work

W.K.Kellogg Foundation

William Caspar Graustein Foundation

The Duke Endowment

Everyday Democracy

The Intergenerational Center at Temple University

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Levi-Strauss Foundation

The Mott Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation