International Development

Metrics, Metrics, Metrics

June 13, 2014

Dissecting a Global Campaign

Back in early 2013, over 200 organizations came together to launch an international campaign to combat global hunger called Enough Food for Everyone IF. Keeping their eye on some critical moments, notably the G8 summit that year, the campaign partners identified specific objectives on policy change and public awareness. More than a year later, you can read over what worked, what didn’t and what contributions this campaign made in this fancy-lookin’ evaluation report. We’ve got a little report envy going on right now.

Taking Metrics to the Next Level

We tip our collective hat to our whip-smart colleagues in the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) for releasing just last week a richly detailed report on the state of measurement in the sector supporting small and growing businesses in the developing world. They conducted over 30 interviews with ANDE members to learn about practices and strategies for effective measurement of outputs, outcomes and impact. Heck, they even published their vision for the future of metrics in a blog post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Value created? Check.

Putting on A Funder’s Shoes

Consider us BetterEvaluation groupies. Their Rainbow Framework is such a nifty tool, and their posted articles and resources make for pretty good reading (and web surfing) too! In a recent BetterEvaluation blog post, guest blogger Stephen Porter of the UK’s Department for International Development walks us through how he uses evaluations to assess the merit of proposals up for funding consideration. His takeaway message: for you grantseekers out there, focus on explaining exactly how your program will make a difference – and have the evidence to back it up.