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
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