The Sorting Hat of Indicators: A Wizarding Approach to Shared Measurement

When it comes to measuring collaborative and collective impact, we’re often asked: how can we make it easier for organisations to learn from each other, save money on evaluation costs, and build an evidence base of what works? While strictly speaking, this can’t be achieved with the wave of a magic wand, we’ve found that a shared approach to measurement – where organisations apply the same indicator or set of indicators of change to a common area of work – can deliver some pretty magical results. Read More

Is Developmental Evaluation just rapid feedback? Join the Masterclass, join the conversation.

I have heard “Developmental Evaluation” (DE) described many, many different ways since Michael Quinn Patton coined the term in his 2010 book of the same name.

According to some of these descriptions: it’s a way to record our journey so far; it’s about “developmental moments”; it’s rapid feedback; it’s action learning re-packaged; and/or it’s the same as formative evaluation, linked to innovative and complexity which can be used to achieve scale and so on.
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Is Outcomes Measurement ‘Real Work’?

The other day someone told me that they didn’t want to be taken away from the ‘real work’ to collect data for outcomes measurement.

As someone who has dedicated their career to measurement and evaluation I had to take a deep breath. As someone who has seen the real difference made by outcomes measurement to program impact, I had to take another breath… Read More