Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Assessing Evidence Level --The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Rubric for Identifying Interventions’ Levels of Evidence within a Tiered-Evidence Framework

Session Number: 1861
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: evidence, evidence based decision making
Session Facilitator: Andrea Robles [Research and Evaluation Manager - Corporation for National and Community Service]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Beth Slater [Research Analyst - Corporation for National and Community Service]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Peter Lovegrove [Research Associate - JBS International]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (10:15 AM - 11:00 AM)
Room: Wilson B

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

There is a growing trend among public and private sector grantmakers to make evidence-based investment decisions. This has led to an increased need for effectively assessing and understanding the evidence base of different interventions or program models under consideration for funding and/or other types of support. This session introduces the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Rubric for assessing evidence levels, a resource developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to assist SIF program grantees (i.e. intermediary grantmakers) to systematically assess the level of evidence of interventions they intend to support through their subgrant awards, in line with the program’s tiered-evidence framework.

The presenters will discuss the rationale behind the tool’s design and its utility as a resource within SIF and beyond for assessing an intervention’s existing body of evidence based on the rigor, positive findings, and applicableness of past research studies.



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