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Fitting Developmental Evaluation Concepts into Government Evaluations

AEA 2014 Poster: Fitting Developmental Evaluation Concepts into Government Evaluations: Our Journey from Objective Outsider to "Critical Friend" #2014Conference #TAACCCTs #GovernmentEvaluation #developmentalevaluations

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Evaluating Social Innovation

Evaluating Social Innovation, a new report developed by FSG and the Center for Evaluation Innovation, challenges grantmakers to explore how common evaluation approaches and practices constrain innovation, and examines a new approach to evaluating social innovation known as "developmental evaluation." Developmental evaluation can inform and support innovation and adaptation by asking evaluative questions, applying evaluation logic, and gathering and reporting data and findings in accessible and timely ways. The report suggests when to use developmental evaluation, describes conditions for successfully implementing this approach, and offers insights from funders and evaluators who have tested developmental evaluation. The authors call on philanthropy to re-envision the role, purpose, and processes of evaluation so that social innovations have a better chance of achieving their goals #OrganizationalLearningandEvalCapacityBuilding #SystemsinEvaluation #Collaborative,ParticipatoryandEmpowermentEval #developmentalevaluation #Non-ProfitsandFoundationsEvaluation #EvaluationUse

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Eval12 Session 773: Developmental Evaluation in Practice: Lessons and Tips from an Evaluation of the Convergence Partnership

Abstract: Evaluators are increasingly being asked to examine complex and dynamic social and environmental change initiatives that call for equally dynamic approaches to evaluation. Developmental evaluation offers new ways to think about and approach evaluation to support and accommodate emergent, innovative and transformative processes that often define social change initiatives. Yet, many evaluators are unfamiliar with how to apply developmental evaluation approaches in real-world settings

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Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting for Developmental Evaluation

The strengths (and limitations) of both instruments to help an evaluator provide evaluative thinking to support innovation when there is no tried and tested solution for a problem

OM and OH for DE PRINT, AEA 18 Oct 2013, pptx.pdf

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The State of Developmental Evaluation in the Early 21st Century

Developmental evaluation (DE) is an early 21st century development, so it is altogether fitting that its state of development be reviewed at the AEA annual conference. DE applies systems thinking and complexity concepts to evaluation of social innovations. Evaluation in complex dynamic systems requires nimble adaptation, timely feedback, and special attention to phenomena like emergence, nonlinearity, and dynamical changes

State of Developmental Eval AEA 2013.pdf

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Eval12 Session 471: Transforming Evaluation Practice to Support Social Innovation

The slides for this session describe insights gained from research into the challenges and opportunities of Developmental Evaluation. The full set of findings can be found in "Evaluating Social Innovation", a white paper available at or Presentation Abstract: Developmental evaluation offers social innovators an approach to collecting strategically focused information in real time, on questions that matter, in contexts where programs or initiatives are not well-tested, and where the outcomes cannot always be pre-planned or predicted. As the need for relevant, credible, and useful information continues to increase, it is more imperative than ever, that evaluations a) contribute to understanding the complexities of an innovation, b) are adaptive and responsive to new and evolving questions and learnings, and c) that they reflect the changes, challenges, and opportunities that emerge as the innovation unfolds. In our paper, we describe our research results on the uses, conditions, tensions, and benefits of engaging in developmental evaluation, and challenge the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to explore how common evaluation approaches and practices constrain innovation, and how we must re-envision the role, purpose, and processes of evaluation so that it fits social innovation

AEA Paper Session 471.pdf