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Problems With Using A Single Measure of Success

At the risk of sounding pedantic, not all pounds of food are equal.  There’s a problem with using a single…

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Successful Neighborhood Self-Help: Some Lessons Learned – A New Introduction

This is not a how-to paper on organizing a neighborhood, nor is it a how-to paper on managing a neighborhood…

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The Confluence of Philanthropy, Justice, and Evaluation

Where all three themes flow together … I’ll write on how we can know when societal institutions, drawing on the…

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The Choices We Make as Evaluators: You Gotta Serve Somebody

Those of us with research training already know how to do studies that embrace principles of science.  We could begin…

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How To Save The World: Evaluating Your Choices

“The world isn’t going to be saved overnight, or in a year, or with the one just-right program or policy. It’s people that will save the world, working in a smart accumulation of efforts that together make progress against specific substantial goals.” Steven E. Mayer

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Wanted: Better Evaluation Practices for a Better Philanthropy – A New Introduction

Both philanthropic effectiveness and nonprofit management need the field of evaluation to make more progress in measuring the ways systems…

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Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations – A New Introduction

Increasing the abilities of its region’s nonprofits should be on the agenda of every community foundation. Building Community Capacity: the…

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Evaluation Court: A Mock Trial to Judge Program Effectiveness – A New Introduction

Proof of program effectiveness beyond a reasonable doubt? Let a jury decide.  Is traditional social science the only way to…

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Becoming more like a business?

Why “Becoming More Like a Business” Is NOT the Solution for Nonprofits

It doesn’t really matter whether you can quantify your results.  What matters is that you rigorously assemble evidence – quantitative or…

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