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ArticleAn industrial strategy for philanthropyAn industrial strategy for philanthropy"We face severe collective challenges, and any one organisation acting on its own is vulnerable." In this blog, Rob Ab…
ArticleWe need experts more than ever – but they're under threat from demagoguery and lies We need experts more than ever – but they're under threat from demagoguery and lies “Facts and evidence aren’t a substitute for understanding how people feel, or getting to the roots of fears. Nor d…
ArticleTen key ingredients for collective impactTen key ingredients for collective impact“In a Collective Impact mindset the brand for the movement is not attached to the organisation but the shared missio…
ArticleMaking sense of payment by resultsMaking sense of payment by results“P(ayment by Results) schemes are often associated with cost-cutting and/or the privatisation of previously public m…
ArticleWhat counts as research? What counts as research? “Evidence-based reform does in fact rely primarily on experiments that are always quantitative and usually randomize…
ArticleAccelerating "What Works"Accelerating "What Works"“Evidence-based approaches have not, for the most part, spread broadly enough to change government practice in a fun…
ArticleWhy Why? Or do you really need a theory of change?Why Why? Or do you really need a theory of change?“Knowing why or how something works isn’t always necessary for effectiveness. This is one of the odder features of…
ArticleUsing evidence: what works?Using evidence: what works?"So what exactly are the best ways of getting research used by decision-makers? Evidence rarely speaks for itself. It…
ArticleLooking to the future: the Centre writes for CYPNowLooking to the future: the Centre writes for CYPNow"We need to continue to pull for a ‘backbone’ of policy that works to actively improve young people’s life chanc…
ArticleThe Moneyball Debate, Part 3 - Broadening the Evidence Base Without “Defining Evidence Down”The Moneyball Debate, Part 3 - Broadening the Evidence Base Without “Defining Evidence Down”“We suggest that decisions about what to fund and what to implement should be based on the potential effectiveness o…
ArticleThe Moneyball Debate, Part 2 - Defining Evidence DownThe Moneyball Debate, Part 2 - Defining Evidence Down"But all evidence is not equal. Such evidence, while valuable, is often wrong, driven by biases that may be either ove…
ArticleThe Moneyball Debate, Part 1 - Getting "Moneyball right in the social sectorThe Moneyball Debate, Part 1 - Getting "Moneyball right in the social sector"The rigorous use of data to guide social funding decisions is essential, but to do it well, we need to broaden the ev…
Article56 Indicators of Impact56 Indicators of Impact“Perhaps the most frequently asked question regarding impact is logistical: how can we measure the impact of our wor…
ArticleData as a Means, Not An End: A Brief Case StudyData as a Means, Not An End: A Brief Case Study"Data should support better decision-making."
Blogs & OpinionIntegrating Gender Into Your EvaluationIntegrating Gender Into Your EvaluationShubh Sharma of India-based foundation Dasra blogs for NPC on how they apply a gender lens to their programme evaluati…
Reading & LearningA match made in evaluation heavenA match made in evaluation heavenMargherita Philipp showcases the benefits of research placements to improve the quality of evaluations in the youth se…
ArticleThe best impact approach recognises when to use it, and when not toThe best impact approach recognises when to use it, and when not toHow can we get impact measurement right in the youth sector?
Blogs & OpinionThe challenges of developing a Social Impact BondThe challenges of developing a Social Impact BondJon Boagey from National Youth Agency provides a unique perspective on how Social Investment Bonds require a clear sen…

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ArticleShow Me the MoneyShow Me the Money"A comprehensive estimation of the costs of service delivery is essential for both commissioners and service delivery…
ArticleThe rise of grok (or how I learned to embrace my ignorance)The rise of grok (or how I learned to embrace my ignorance)“People always say, “Well, why would I run a randomized experiment when I already know the answer?”” In this p…
ArticleBad measures make bad dataBad measures make bad data“Bad data is a poor premise for making decisions about expenditure and delivery in social programmes.” In this blo…
ArticleEverything in moderation—including impact measurementEverything in moderation—including impact measurement“As the ‘impact agenda’ gathers momentum, charities may feel that they need to be collecting data on everything.…
ArticleFrom miracles to logic modelsFrom miracles to logic models“Interventions for children and families often rely on miracles. Not the two loaves and five fish variety, of course…
ArticleHow to build an impact cultureHow to build an impact culture“Working on impact brings some benefits fairly quickly, but it can take a long time to really embed an impact cultur…
ArticleHow to really learn from failure (or a relative lack of success) How to really learn from failure (or a relative lack of success) "One of the most important and most deeply entrenched reasons why established companies struggle to grow is fear of fa…
Reading & LearningEvaluating Youth Social ActionEvaluating Youth Social ActionDoes participating in social action boost the skills young people need to succeed in adult life?
Reading & LearningTalk of charities ‘proving their impact’ is dangerous and misleadingTalk of charities ‘proving their impact’ is dangerous and misleadingThis article from givingevidence.com looks at the idea of evidence as 'proof' or 'truth' and whether proof is too big…