Performance and outcome metrics are a central element of most evaluations. However, they are often so mis-used  that they provide misleading picture of what is really happening on the ground, which in turn can lead to terrible decisions. This engaging and easy to read book, Tyranny of Metrics, describes how...

It is notoriously difficult to track and assess initiatives to tackle complex issues that unfold over time, with diverse actors, and whose primary aim is to change systems.  In his new book, Outcome Harvesting, Ricardo Wilson-Grau provides an exciting and practical path forward....

Changing the systems that keep stubborn problems like homelessness or racism in place.  Its easy to talk about. Everyone seems interested. Few people are quite sure what it means or practice or how to evaluate it. This inquiry framework offers one way to think about, plan and evaluate such efforts....

The idea that diverse organizations in the community working together can improve their chances of success by adopting 'shared measurements' is one of the core principles of the wildly popular collective impact approach to social change. This paper argues that the 'why' of shared measurement is clear, but the practice...

Developmental Evaluation (DE) is - an approach to evaluation that supports - rather than undermines - the efforts of social innovators trying to make progress on complex problems. This new book by three experienced evaluators explores some "exemplary" examples of DE  - including a case study of Vibrant Communities Canada...

Many social innovators tackling tough problems are driven and guided by principles, not models or blue-prints.  This very important new book by Michael Quinn Patton breaks new ground in how to evaluate their efforts....

Roger Martin, one of the world's best known business thought leaders, simplifies the nature and basic steps of creating the next generation of social enterprises in his latest book, Getting Beyond Better....

Adam Kahane argues that you don't have to agree with, like or trust people or organisations in order to work with them to tackle tough problems.  Find out more about an compelling new approach to "stretch" collaboration....

The article, Collective Impact, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011, introduced the world to a compelling new way to make community-wide efforts to tackle complex issues more systematic.  While six years of experimentation have demonstrated that the collective impact framework is 'roughly right', this papers describes six...

The challenges of transforming distressed communities are heightened by the complexity of the problems community change actors address and the complexity of the environments in which they work. Confronted by complexity, actors in the community change field need to respond adaptively to manage effectively. This new publication from the Aspen...