When Foundations Ask Too Much

moneystringsI was asked recently for advice on how nonprofits can successfully respond to a foundation’s expectation for more evaluation results than they are providing funding for. My first reaction, and what I discuss in this post, is “We shouldn’t be there in the first place!” A later post will explore what nonprofits can do if they find themselves in that situation.

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Evaluation is Dead! Long Live Evaluation!

In The Death of Evaluation, Andrew Means writes an obituary for “traditional, social science driven program evaluation.”  His second post, The Role of Data, more finely articulates his argument.  This post is my reaction to both, as well as my reflections on the appropriate role of evaluation and data in applied nonprofit settings.

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