Design and Implementation of Evaluation for an Emerging Strategy: Insights and Lessons from the Evaluation of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success program

Session Number: 2047
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: Adaptive, Evaluation Challenges, evidence based decision making, evidence-based practices, field building, Innovation, Pay for success
Session Facilitator: Mary Hyde [Corporation for National and Community Service]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Lily Zandniapour [Research and Evaluation Manager - Corporation for National and Community Service]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Marjorie Levin [Associates - Abt Associates]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (06:15 PM - 07:00 PM)
Room: International South 6

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

What is an effective way to develop a rigorous, yet flexible and adaptive approach for evaluating an emerging strategy and a new program? What are key design elements to consider if the evaluation is expected to inform the stakeholders as well as advance the field of practice? This session will focus on the design and implementation of the Pay for Success program, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Social Innovation Fund, as a case example to answer these questions. The session objective is to increase the practical knowledge of participants for developing adaptive approaches for evaluating an emerging strategy that will produce credible evidence, data, tools, and resources for stakeholders and the broader field of practice. Participants will engage in a discussion on the topic following the presentation and the Q&A segment.