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On November 14, 2013, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review convened Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity and Change to discuss emerging ideas that are defining the future of social sector evaluation. The Conference brought together nearly 400 participants to learn about the trends driving the need for evaluation to evolve, the characteristics and approaches that represent Next Generation Evaluation, and potential implications for the social sector.

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Introducing Next Generation Evaluation

Hallie Preskill, managing director, FSG


Developmental Evaluation: An Approach to Evaluating Complex Social Change Initiatives
Kathy Brennan, research and evaluation advisor, AARP


Shared Measurement: A Catalyst to Drive Collective Learning and Action 
Patricia Bowie, consultant, Magnolia Place Community Initiative


Using Data for Good: The Potential and Peril of Big Data
Lucy Bernholz, visiting scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University


Frontiers of Innovation: A Case Study in Using Developmental Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children
James Radner, assistant professor, University of Toronto


Panel: Implications for the Social Sector (“So What?”)
Presenters: Lisbeth Schorr, senior fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Fay Twersky, director, Effective Philanthropy Group, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Alicia Grunow, senior managing partner, Design, Development, and Improvement Research, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Moderator: Srik Gopal, director, FSG


Small Group Discussion: Implications for Individuals and Organizations (“Now What?”)
Moderator: Eva Nico, director, FSG


Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change
Brenda Zimmerman, professor, York University