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  • publication Jul 2014

    Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook

    This casebook profiles nine evaluations of network effectiveness that are designed to fit with how networks develop and function.

    By Julia Coffman

    Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook
  • publication Jul 2014

    A Practical Guide to Evaluating Systems Change in a Human Services System Context

    A consensus has grown in the public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors that we must use systems change approaches to effectively address society’s most intractable challenges. Evaluating systems change efforts can be messy, if not outright overwhelming. This guide offers a pragmatic framework. 

    A Practical Guide to Evaluating Systems Change in a Human Services System Context
  • publication Jul 2014

    First Among Equals: The Evaluation of the McConnell Foundation Social Innovation Generation Initiative

    This teaching case explores both the real and potential evaluation of a foundation strategy focused on social innovation in Canada. 

    First Among Equals: The Evaluation of the McConnell Foundation Social Innovation Generation Initiative
  • publication Jun 2014

    Evaluation and Learning for Complexity and Aligned Action: Framing Brief

    This framing brief developed for the 2014 Evaluation Roundtable convening explores whether and how sectoral shifts in strategy mindset and practice toward more complexity and emergence call for changes in the role of evaluation and learning in foundations. 

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Evaluation and Learning for Complexity and Aligned Action: Framing Brief
  • publication Mar 2014

    Evaluation for Strategic Learning: Assessing Readiness and Results

    Evaluation for strategic learning is the use of data and insights from a variety of information-gathering approaches—including evaluation—to inform decision-making about strategy. This brief explores organizational preparedness and situational suitability for evaluation that supports strategic learning, and how to understand if this type of evaluation is working.  

    Evaluation for Strategic Learning: Assessing Readiness and Results
  • publication May 2013

    Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty

    How can foundations avoid the traps that sabotage their learning and hamper their ability to guide strategy in complex contexts? This article explores a series of self-created “traps," including 1) linearity and certainty bias; 2) the autopilot effect; and 3) indicator blindness.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty
  • publication Mar 2013

    The Art of the Nudge: Five Practices for Developmental Evaluators

    Conventional program evaluation is a poor fit for the uncertain and emergent nature of innovative and complex initiatives. Developmental evaluation offers an alternative. This article offers five practices to help developmental evaluators detect and support opportunities for learning and adaptation leading to right-timed feedback.

    By Tanya Beer

    The Art of the Nudge: Five Practices for Developmental Evaluators
  • publication Nov 2012

    Evaluation for Models and Adaptive Initiatives

    This Foundation Review article outlines the difference between evaluation for two main types of grantmaking programs: models, which provide replicable or semi-standardized solutions, and adaptive initiatives, which are flexible programming strategies used to address problems that require unique, context-based solutions. 

    By Julia Coffman

    Evaluation for Models and Adaptive Initiatives
  • publication Aug 2012

    Evaluating Social Innovation

    Common evaluation approaches and practices can constrain the kind of continuous learning and adaptation that is necessary for innovation. This brief offers lessons about an emerging evaluation approach—developmental evaluation—which supports the adaptation that is so crucial to innovation.

    By Tanya Beer

    Evaluating Social Innovation
  • publication Jul 2011

    Evaluation to Support Strategic Learning: Principles and Practices

    Strategic learning refers to efforts to incorporate reliable data and ongoing reflection into social change strategies. This brief digs into the definition of strategic learning. It explores how evaluation can support it, and proposes a set of principles that represent the “non-negotiables” of evaluation for strategic learning. 

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Evaluation to Support Strategic Learning: Principles and Practices
  • publication Nov 2010

    Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building

    Movement building presents unique challenges for foundations. Because movements, by definition, must be driven by the people who are most affected, foundations cannot pre-determine their goals and timetables. This Foundation Review article describes how to support and evaluate social movements, including outlining core elements to movement building and proposing an evaluative framework. 

    Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building
  • publication Oct 2010

    Measuring Change while Changing Measures: Learning in, and from, the Evaluation of Making Connections

    Making Connections was an ambitious, multi-site, decade-long community change effort supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It started in 1999 and aimed to improve outcomes for vulnerable children by transforming their neighborhoods. This teaching case focuses on the evaluation choices and challenges of this long-term comprehensive community change initiative.

    Measuring Change while Changing Measures: Learning in, and from, the Evaluation of Making Connections