Over the last few years, as we work more in the social innovation space, our practice has been fruitfully challenged. Ten years ago the majority of our work focused on programs. Increasingly, as evaluators, we provide services across initiatives working towards effecting system changes. Our toolkits have had to expand with our work and we are continually sharpening our skills – and even becoming more agile! Our theory of change toolkit has, as a result, greatly expanded. We have learnt new a...
I have been getting excited about process tracing recently; for example, as used in this report that evaluates 25 collective impact initiatives. Process tracing is a way to back a claim about contribution without using experimental techniques. However, when I talk about process tracing to my non-evaluator colleagues, their eyes glaze over and I can almost hear them groan. They want to know: “Isn’t there a simpler approach we can use ourselves?” So while the geek in me loves process tracing a...
Shared measurement is a core part of collective impact  (CI), a form of place-based approach to collaborative, community-directed efforts to bring about social change. In a nutshell, shared measurement is the “use of a common set of measures to monitor performance, track progress towards outcomes, and learn what is and is not working in the group’s collective approach” (John Kania, FSG). Why shared measurement Shared measurement involves collecting data and measuring results consistently on ...
Dart, J.J. (2004) Six normative approaches to evaluation Evaluation is used in many program contexts, in many countries and across many different disciplines. It is also used for many different purposes, and the range of things that are included under the umbrella of program evaluation is considerable. Even within one project there may be several evaluation initiatives under way. For this reason, in ‘good’ evaluation the choice of evaluation approach needs to be contextspecific and take into...