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 [...]

Qualitative Data in Measurement

Last week, Philanthropy Action hosted a conference call with David A. Roberts of New Dominion Philanthropy Metrics and Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy looking at the role of qualitative metrics in good philanthropic decision-making, and especially how non-profits and foundations could capture qualitative data in reliable and useful ways. [...]