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What is a Theory of Change? Really.


Recently thousands of evaluators came together in Chicago to celebrate the growing field, share exemplary practices, and to push our collective thinking on how evaluation responds to the complexity of social change efforts.

During the conference, my colleagues and I facilitated a... Read more

Fostering Systems Change


How can foundations be more effective practitioners of systems change in a complex, inter-connected, and fast-changing world? In a new post on Stanford Social Innovation Review, FSG's Srik Gopal and John Kania discuss 5 simple rules for foundations seeking to create lasting... Read more

FSG Nov 20, 2015

Working the Attractors

Imagine a boat navigating a vast sea. How would that boat most efficiently reach its destination? By finding the areas with smooth current and avoiding those areas with rough waters. The same logic applies to a concept discussed in both “... Read more

Developmental Evaluation Is in the Air!

Complexity. Systems change. Adaptation. Emergent thinking. These words were in constant use throughout the recent American Evaluation Association conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference theme – Complex Ecologies – certainly invited the evaluation field to submit ideas... Read more

Signs of System Change

Society is beginning to recognize that the problems we face- hunger, homelessness, poverty, disease- are systemic in nature. These problems involve a group of actors, often very different from each other, who each play a role in maintaining status quo (or changing it). Collective impact is an... Read more

New Year's Resolutions Hit Reality

It’s that time of year- in the euphoria of flipping over the calendar, we made new year’s resolutions. The excitement of yearly planning has us all in a tizzy: FSG’s annual retreat is this week, world leaders (and some of our staff) convene for the World Economic Forum, and clients launch new... Read more