Evaluating Social Innovation
This papers explore ways that common evaluation approaches and practices constrain innovation and offer lessons about an emerging evaluation approach—developmental evaluation—which supports the adaptation that is so crucial to innovation. Read the paper here.
About the Authors
Hallie Preskill, PhD, is a Managing Director with FSG, where she oversees the firm’s Strategic Learning and
Evaluation practice. FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research, with
international teams that work across all sectors by partnering with corporations, foundations, school systems,
nonprofits, and governments in every region of the globe. FSG’s goal is to help all types of organizations—
individually and collectively—achieve greater social change. Learn more about Hallie and FSG at www.fsg.org.
Tanya Beer is Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation in Washington, D.C. The Center’s mission is
to build the field of evaluation in areas that are challenging to measure and where traditional program evaluation
approaches are not always a good fit, such as advocacy, systems change and communications. The Center’s work is
anchored in a strong belief in strategic learning, or using evaluation to help organizations learn and adapt quickly to
increase their likelihood of success. For more about the Tanya and the Center, see www.evaluationinnovation.org.