Evaluation

Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact

Publication date: 
05/2014

Practical guidance for planning and implementing evaluations of collective impact initiatives. Leaders of collective impact initiatives need an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that is as multi-faceted, responsive, and flexible as the initiatives themselves. This three-part guide offers detailed advice on how to plan for and implement effective performance measurement and evaluation activities in the context of collective impact.

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Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization

Publication date: 
08/2013

Evaluation in many of today’s organizations is ad hoc, not aligned to strategy, underfunded, and underused. We have found this to be true regardless of sector, type or size of organization, or whether they are for profit, philanthropic, or nonprofit organizations. Often times, this situation has led to monitoring and evaluation efforts being perceived as adding little value to organization decision makers, and a perception that monitoring and evaluation efforts are not worth their cost.

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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Publication date: 
08/2013

Over the last several years, the public and philanthropic sectors have been developing and experimenting with new and creative approaches to solving social problems in response to the increasing recognition that complex problems require complex solutions. Some of these efforts may be described as truly experimental, in that they are using new untested practices or models, making serious attempts to affect systems change, and using innovative technologies to improve the social well-being of many.

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Myths of Measurement

Publication date: 
12/2012

Measurement is sorely needed in CSR, and there is a lot of ambiguity about the best way to measure success. As a self-described “data nerd,” many of these issues are quite familiar to me and I thought some advice might be helpful. This blog covers three common “myths” that impede good measurement of corporate responsibility initiatives. These aren’t the only issues (by far), but they do get in the way of attempts to measure impact. If we can get past these three myths, I think measuring impact would be a great deal easier.

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Our New Storytelling Guide

Publication date: 
11/2012

This guide summarizes much of what we’ve been touching on through our work. But we’re not aiming to reinvent the wheel. There are plenty of great tips and guides available online so we’ll be pointing you to a variety of those, as well as the resources and tools that we have found helpful in our work. This guide is for many of the storytellers in your organization: senior leaders, marketing and communications professionals, evaluation and research professionals. It includes seven chapters plus resources throughout, examples from the for-profit and non-profit world, and an upcoming tools supplement to the guide.

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