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Our speakers series, Data Innovations, supports our vision of helping Maine nonprofits think differently about data. Data Innovations feature inspirational speakers from Boston and beyond to highlight innovative ideas and practices that can be implemented right here in Maine.

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Reframing Logic Models with Hope

$25 | APRIL 6, 2022 | 1:00PM-2:30PM | Virtual via zoom

A workshop for inspiration, creativity, and connection with guest presenters Allyson Kelley, Dyani Bingham, Desiree Restad, and Kelley Milligan of Allyson Kelley and Associates.

Traditional logic models are based on a theory of change. They may be logical, but they are not hopeful. Moreover, communities rarely see themselves reflected in traditional logic modeling, creating a disconnect between the program and the people. Pivoting from a model based on “logic” to one grounded in hope is a catalyst for inspired programming driven by community. Join Allyson Kelley, Dyani Bingham, Desiree Restad, and Kelley Milligan of Allyson Kelley and Associates for an inspiring conversation about the impact of reframing logic models to embrace artistic and cultural expression that are grounded in hope.



During this workshop we will:

  • Describe the theory of hope framework for program evaluation and strategic visioning in program planning and development
  • State differences in the theory of change and theory of hope and their uses
  • Use a visual theory of hope to inspire programming and partnerships
  • Determine the most appropriate and effective visualization process for specific audiences
  • Discuss ways to share the theory of hope that maximizes use and inspires impact


After participating in this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Conceptualize a theory of hope
  • Apply the theory of hope to their current programs and practices that support long-term visioning and perspective
  • Draw or digitally create a visual theory of hope
  • Have access to a variety of resources and free software to create theory of hope visualizations after the workshop


Allyson Kelley, DrPH, President and Founder

Allyson supports research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance efforts for several community health initiatives in the United States. She leads a multidisciplinary team of associates, and together they work to build evaluation capacity, understanding, and infrastructure that results in opportunities for community healing and transformation. Her research interests include building community capacity to address the cultural, social, and environmental factors that contribute to differences in health outcomes among underserved populations in the United States. Allyson is committed to building the next generation of public health professionals. She has mentored more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students. Allyson’s goal is to ensure voices and expertise of underrepresented organizations and minority groups are published and known. She is the author of two books published by Routledge, Evaluation in Rural Communities and Public Health Evaluation and the Social Determinants of Health. Allyson has two books scheduled for publication with Routledge in 2022, Spiritual Healing for Trauma and Substance Abuse Recovery: Clinical and Real-life Applications and Evaluating Substance Misuse Treatment Programs: A Public Health Approach.

Dyani Bingham, MPH, AKA Indigenous Data Expert

Dyani (Assiniboine/Blackfeet/ Métis) is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University, earning an MPH with a focus on American Indian health. She has a background in public health, tourism, tribal health policy, peer-to-peer recovery support, obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, breast and cervical health, commercial tobacco use prevention, native art marketing and development, media relations, and historic preservation. She also works in project management at the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council Epidemiology Center, located in Billings, MT, which serves the Tribes in MT and WY. Dyani completed her MPH practicum with AKA during the summer of 2020 and worked on Indigenous-focused evaluation, evaluation for the arts, and recovery-related initiatives. Ms. Bingham is a proud mother, grandma, auntie, and daughter who enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, gardening, listening to music, and visiting hot springs. She is extremely interested in research and policy reforms that are rooted in healing to advance wellness for Native people and communities.

Desiree Restad, MPH, Senior Evaluation Associate

Desiree joined the team at AKA in May 2020. Currently, she is providing public health research, evaluation, technical assistance, and support to several initiatives throughout the United States. Desiree has several years of experience in public health, serving an indigenous population in southeastern Montana. Having lived for nearly three decades in this community, she has built strong relationships and deep connections with the people she serves. During her 16 years working for the Tribal Health Department, she was responsible for developing and overseeing several health programs. Ms. Restad designed and implemented programs to train staff and community members on suicide prevention, injury prevention, health education, and environmental health. Desiree also has vast experience teaching personal responsibility education in all educational settings, particularly public, private, and Tribal K-12 schools. She is passionate and dedicated to providing prevention education, raising awareness, and promoting collaboration amongst programs to improve health while reducing health disparities. She obtained her master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Montana and her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Montana State University-Billings.

Kelley Milligan, MPH, Senior Evaluation Associate

Kelley is an experienced research and evaluation specialist who has worked with tribal communities conducting health research and evaluating public health policies and programs. She has worked on research and evaluation in tribal communities on environmental health, dental health, suicide, substance use, domestic violence, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience. Kelley has a passion for promoting health and supporting public health work through a strengths-based approach and a focus on physical and mental well-being. Prior to her work with tribal communities, she worked at a county health department on public health organizational and leadership development and a national nonprofit focused on improving health outcomes among youth. Kelley earned her master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in environmental health from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine.




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We have a series of skills-based workshops that focus on technical solutions to building a strong data foundation. While we are not currently hosting in-person public workshops we can coordinate a private or custom virtual session for your program or organization. For more information please email Becky (

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Below is a list of our core workshop offerings which we can customize to your organization or program:


          • Set the Foundation to be a Data-Informed Organization

          • How to Develop Simple, Effective Data Collection Tools

          • Track Your Impact: A Performance Measurement Workshop

          • Make Data Work for You: Data Dashboards

          • Data Viz 101

          • Tell Compelling Stories with Your Data