So What?

New Gears for the New Year

January 9, 2015  • David Devlin-Foltz

On writing [proposals and evaluations] well

It’s our first “So What?” of 2015, campers, and Lucy Bernholz helps us look ahead with her annual “blueprint” for philanthropy and list of philanthropy buzzwords to strategically drop into your proposals or cocktail party chatter. Or you can be really daring and just rely on clear ideas, thoughtful evaluation, and Strunk and White.


On winning big and small

RWJF’s Culture of Health blog has a top ten list of big and small wins in 2014 (which was evidently the year of the bicycle) that point the way toward continued public health policy progress in 2015. And along the way, RWJF has helped us understand what they mean by “a culture of health” – a welcome step toward defining this broad concept. That’s important to us evaluator folks who are in hot pursuit of meaningful and measurable indicators of progress.


On working and sharing

What does it mean to have a job? To be employed? To be under-employed? How do we measure work and value in the “sharing economy”? The Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program asked some tough policy and measurement questions about the impact on the labor market and long-term livelihoods of services like Uber, Airbnb, SpoonRocket, Handy, Taskrabbit, et al. The Economist added their own thoughtful take on the “on-demand economy” and the future of work. Your pals at APEP resolve to continue working and sharing in 2015.