New YWCA hire to measure programs' impact

Rachel Sax.

Rachel Sax has been named impact measurement manager at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. In this newly created position, she will analyze data to assess the impact of YWCA programming and create in-depth understanding of how the organization can expand on its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Sax says she believes a quantitative approach will help YWCA deepen its work for the betterment of the community.

“My vision is to bring tools and technology to help us quantify and maximize our impact. When you walk through our doors, you can feel our impact,” she said. “But being able to really analyze that impact – to understand who we are serving and how their lives have changed – will enable us to make more data-driven decisions about programming.”

She added, “I love working at the YWCA because we tackle the complex issues of racism and gender inequity from all levels, from prevention and awareness-building, to intervention and advocacy.”

Sax previously served as research project coordinator in the Mental Health Services and Policy Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her master’s degree from National Louis University during her time as a Teach for America corps member in Chicago.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen local communities. It serves more than 10,000 people annually in northern Cook County and provides comprehensive domestic violence services to families in need.

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