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Advancing Evaluation Practices in Philanthropy

This special supplement includes six articles that address basic principles and practices that inform efforts to monitor performance, track progress, and assess the impact of foundation strategies, initiatives, and grants. The supplement was sponsored by the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation and underwritten with a grant from the Ford Foundation.

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Measuring Social Impact

Framing the Issue

Basic principles and practices can inform efforts to monitor performance, track progress, and assess the impact of foundation strategies, initiatives, and grants.

 
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Measuring Social Impact

A Focus on Culture

How the Ford Foundation is engaging its global staff in building a shared culture of results.

 
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Measuring Social Impact

Learning from Silicon Valley

How the Omidyar Network uses a venture capital model to measure and evaluate effectiveness.

 

Measuring Social Impact

Shared Outcomes

How the Rockefeller Foundation is approaching evaluation with developing country partners.

 
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Measuring Social Impact

Risky Business

How The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approaches high-risk philanthropic ventures.

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Measuring Social Impact

Assessing One’s Own Performance

What the Irvine Foundation has learned over the past six years about performance assessment.