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What We're Following
A thoughtful discussion of a challenging topic in evaluation, written by Barbara Klugman, former Ford Foundation program officer
Mission Measurement CEO has an epiphany about measuring social impact
Charles "Hipbone" Cameron of Social Edge starts a new discussion thread for the social entrepreneur community
Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation's transcription of the 2009 Annual Claremont Evaluation Debates
New McKinsey & Company social impact assessment site provides best practices, resources and insights for funders and grantees
Guidelines developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help its staff determine how best to measure grants and strategies
Stanford Social Innovation Review on how funders can improve evaluation and maximize the opportunities it yields
Chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners on nonprofit efforts to measure impact and social outcomes and his ongoing question: "To what end?"
A how-to guide from Root Cause that helps organizations maximize investments in social impact
Thomas D. Cook and Michael Scriven explore cause and effect, and the credibility of randomized studies, edited by the American Journal of Evaluation
A seminal publication on how individuals contribute knowledge to their organizations and how organizations best impart their collective acquired wisdom to employees
Mario Morino of Venture Philanthropy Partners devotes his "Chairman's Corner" to how nonprofits can effectively manage outcomes
Charles "Hipbone" Cameron hosts online dialogue between bloggers about unique approaches to social change on Social Edge
In response to increased demand for transparency, Foundation Center president introduces new web tool Glasspockets on the center's PhilanTopic blog