Strategic Evaluation Client Projects
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Evaluating the foundation's substance use prevention and treatment programs.
- UN Women
Evaluating the role of gender-responsive budgeting in promoting gender equity in India.
- The Kresge Foundation
Developing learning and evaluation systems to improve effectiveness of program and practice areas.
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Assessing the Challenge Scholars program to improve college access.
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- Designing and implementing developmental, formative, and summative evaluations, strategic reviews, and retrospectives, using a range of approaches and data collection methods with a focus on communicating results in meaningful and actionable ways.
- Developing organization-wide strategic learning and evaluation systems that provide a framework and implementation plan.
- Acting as a learning intermediary to help organizations develop actionable learning agendas, become a learning organization, and to align monitoring, research, and evaluation activities.
- Developing shared measurement systems as part of a collective impact initiative or as a means to bring alignment and coordination of data to a group of programs and/or organizations.
- Providing training, webinars, coaching, and technical assistance to build evaluation capacity of internal and external stakeholders, including grantees.
- Advancing knowledge in the field through research, tools, guides, reports, and articles.
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How We Work
- Engage stakeholders to increase the timeliness, relevance, and usefulness of monitoring, research, and evaluation findings.
- Reflect a systems orientation that accounts for complex, dynamic, emergent, and adaptive environments.
- Employ rigorous, credible, and real-time data collection approaches and methods.
- Communicate findings in ways that are meaningful and accessible to multiple stakeholders.
- Catalyze individual, group, organization, and community learning, development, and change.
- Inform and build the philanthropic and nonprofit fields.
The Evolution of Strategic Learning & Evaluation at FSG
Though FSG initially focused on bringing the analytic rigor of strategy consulting to philanthropy, it soon became clear that strategy alone wouldn’t produce the social impact our clients hoped to achieve.
Our early work with foundations taught us that strategy and evaluation are inextricably linked—strategy establishes the boundaries for evaluation, while evaluation guides the development and refinement of strategy.
In 2006, we led a year-long research effort and wrote From Insight to Action: New Directions in Foundation Evaluation, which sought to demystify evaluation for philanthropy. The report generated a great deal of interest in FSG’s evaluation services, and in response we began to build a world-class strategic learning and evaluation team led by Hallie Preskill, former president of the American Evaluation Association.
Research and Tools
Evaluating Social Innovation
Developmental evaluation is a valuable tool for evaluating social innovations in complex, multi-actor, and dynamic environments.
- Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization
Developing a comprehensive system framework and implementation plan for determining what to evaluate, when, why, with whom, and with what resources, to enhance learning and strategic decision making.
- System Mapping: A Guide to Developing Actor Maps
Practical guidance for how to create an actor map.
- Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact
Practical guidance for planning and implementing evaluations of collective impact initiatives.
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