Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design

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Designing Impact: How to Support and Evaluate Programs that Aim for Scale

Session Number: 1613
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: complexity, Developmental Evaluation, philanthropy
Session Facilitator: Clare Nolan [Chief Strategy Officer - Harder+Company Community Research]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Julia Coffman [Director - Center for Evaluation Innovation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Clare Nolan [Chief Strategy Officer - Harder+Company Community Research]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
Room: A707

Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Abstract: 

Funders and nonprofits are increasingly concerned about how to achieve impact at a scale that matches the size of current social problems.  Traditionally, evaluation has addressed this need by helping to identify, through rigorous research, programs that reliably produce desired outcomes.  However, scaling through a strict replication model may be too costly or slow to deliver large-scale results.  Multiple articles have been published proposing alternatives to replication from spreading new ideas to creating networks, applying technology solutions, improving public systems, influencing policies, and changing social norms.  While this profusion of ideas is necessary and important, it presents new challenges for evaluators.  How can we help funders clarify their “theory of scale”?  Which evaluation designs work best for which scaling approaches?  This session will address these questions by exploring different evaluation designs, tools, and methods that are relevant to initiatives focused on scale.

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