Why organizations need to build capacities to manage performance, and how they can develop a “theory of change” to do so—part one of a two-part series.
How clearly defining measures, and keeping them simple and meaningful, has helped World Vision increase access to clean water.
A look at new research from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
Stronger ties between academic evaluators and social innovators would hugely benefit both sides.
Frameworks and tools for building strategy—a report from the Social Media on Purpose conference.
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It is important to remember that while all this studying is great, innovators should place a higher priority on helping people when some program or product is effective.
Who is the target population for a microcredit intervention? Your answer will depend largely on where you sit: Academics and microfinance institutions will be interested in different groups of people.
It is perhaps no coincidence that the development community’s biggest successes—eradication initiatives like polio and smallpox—are precisely the ones that made monitoring central to their work.
Data scientists and information economists are beginning to pair with social innovators to understand the dynamics of interventions and to separate what works from what doesn’t.
Recently released studies confirm that few nonprofits possess the capacity to measure for continuous improvement, but new initiatives launched in 2012 provide hope.