Measuring Outcomes and Evaluating Programs

As mentioned in a previous posting, many non-profit organizations spend significant time outlining project goals, while devoting relatively few resources to the task of evaluating whether these goals are met. The lack of output data often leads to a crisis in writing the final report. Many organizations compensate by overemphasizing stories of transformation at the [...]

Impatient Optimists and Impact Evaluation

By David A. Roberts

Tim Ogden proposes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review  that “impatient optimists” in philanthropy are dangerous and can do more harm that good.   Bill Gates is among them.  Ogden, instead, is a “patient optimist” and outlines how any significant impact and change takes time.

I can think of one type of international project that is ideally suited for [...]