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March 28, 2014

Calling all Early-Risers (and Late-Risers with Alarm Clocks)

Our next Advocacy Evaluation Breakfast is this coming Tuesday, April 1st, from 8:15 to 9:45AM here at the Aspen Institute, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 700.  If you’re interested in learning about an innovative survey methodology called “Survey with Placebo” directly from its creators, Russ Whitehurst from Brookings and David Stuit from Basis Policy Research, we enthusiastically invite you to come.  If not, well, you should come anyway; there will be food, (lots of) coffee and good people chatting away.  Fill out this form to submit your RSVP.  

Digital Discussions

Are you a Pelican?  The Pelican Initiative is an online community of monitoring and evaluation researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts who regularly share ideas on challenges and good practices in the field.  Earlier this week many members engaged in a shockingly lively exchange about Requests for Proposals, criticizing the short turn-around time and the often restrictive terms of reference that tend to discourage creative evaluative thinking.  It’s been a smart and genuinely global exchange about evaluation ethics and practices. Join the network and pitch in

Evaluating Collective Impact Projects

Some time ago, our colleagues at the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions began a partnership with FSG to develop an online hub to help people find and contribute strategies and tools for successfully implementing collecting impact projects.  Enter the Collective Impact Forum.  As the platform just launched, it is still amassing a diverse collection of resources, from toolkits to detailed case studies.  So we encourage you folks out there evaluating initiatives using the collective impact model to submit a resource.  We (and many others) are eager to learn what works and what doesn’t.