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Posted by: FSG on 4/22/2014

Foundation Learning: The Case for Productive Anxiety

In a new blog from Stanford Social Innovation Review, Diana Scearce from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation discusses how to generate meaningful insights from the abundance of data available, with an emphasis on use-driven evaluation models such as developmental evaluation.

Posted by: Katelyn Mack on 3/11/2014

Imagine standing before your Board of Directors and putting forward a bold, ambitious new strategy for your organization. All analyses of assets, capacity, and needs are complete. Staff have provided their input and expertise. As you see it, now is the time to act.

Posted by: Srik Gopalakrishnan on 2/28/2014

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post titled, “Overcoming the Seductive Logic of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)”. In it, I suggested that while the logic of why we need RCTs in the social sector is highly seductive, there are multiple assumptions underneath that don’t necessarily hold up under further scrutiny. For instance, the assumption that stand-alone, randomizable “programs” lead to powerful social outcomes; in practice, it is more likely to be a system of interventions working in concert. In addition, the role of context is almost always under-valued in an RCT model. Since writing that post, I’ve had several folks reach out with words of appreciation, as well as one recurring question. “What do you suggest as the alternative to RCTs?”

Posted by: Shijie Lu on 2/11/2014

This past November, FSG partnered with Stanford Social Innovation Review to put on the Next Generation Evaluation Conference. Nearly 400 social sector leaders gathered for a day of learning and dialogue about the future of evaluation in the social sector.

Posted by: Strategic Evaluation on 1/15/2014

By Sacha Litman from Measuring Success

Next Generation Evaluation was a synergy of brilliant ideas by some of evaluation’s foremost authorities.  Big kudos to hosts SSIR and FSG for getting foundations, nonprofits and governments thinking about new trends in evaluation while both de-mystifying the terms and refining “older” concepts.

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