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Evaluative Thinking in Organizations

Evaluative Thinking was defined by former REP partners who participated in the ETHOS project as a type of reflective practice that incorporated use of systematically collected data to inform organizational actions. Key components of evaluative thinking include: • Asking questions of substance and determining what data are needed to address the questions • Gathering appropriate data in systematic ways • Analyzing data and sharing results • Developing strategies to act on evaluation findings Read More

Key Concepts in Evaluation: What Everyone Must Know

Evaluation is a science with a relatively short history. It became a distinctive field of professional social science practice in the late 1960’s (Patton 1982). There are many types and classifications of evaluation, and there are many terms associated with the practice (see glossary in the appendix). This guidebook is focused on participatory program evaluation. The following are key definitions and points of clarification necessary to orient the remaining sections of this manual. Read More

Community Design on the Front Line

Short video discussing the rebuilding of New Orleans and the southern coast. Read More

Association for Community Design

Established in 1977, the ACD is an international network committed to increasing the capacity of the planning and design professions to better serve communities. Read More

Architecture for Humanity

Established in 1999, AFH is a nonprofit organization that promotes architectural and design solutions to global, social, and humanitarian crises. Read More

New Urbanism: Creating Livable Sustainable Communities

This site contains information on the impacts of urban sprawl and solutions such as new urbanism and smart growth. Read More

Social Capital Partners

Social Capital Partners will invest in and incubate revenue generating social enterprises that employ at-risk youth and other populations outside the economic mainstream in Canada. The goal of these social enterprises will be to acquire scale, to eventually exist without external funding, and to create improved social outcomes and financial self-sufficiency for the populations they employ. Read More

Venture Philanthropy: An Oxymoron Whose Time Has Come

There are three important points about venture philanthropy. The venture capitalist’s measure of success “return on investment (ROI)” can be utilized in the nonprofit sector. Most of the tools used by VCs in for-profit businesses can and should be used in philanthropy. And, there has never been a better time to make this happen. Read More

Roberts Enterprise Development Fund: A Philanthropic Venture of the Roberts Foundation

The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, evolved out of a six year effort to expand economic opportunity for homeless and very low-income individuals through the creation of social purpose business ventures. These businesses, free of training time limits imposed by traditional government funded efforts, could employ individuals for longer periods of time and were operated by nonprofits in order to provide transitional and permanent employment to individuals outside the economic mainstream. Read More

Blending Profit and Nonprofit Values

What would happen to our world economy if for-profit businesses measured social, environmental, and cultural returns on investment, and nonprofit businesses were actually financially viable? Jed Emerson, GSB lecturer in business and a senior fellow with both the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, claims that the traditional separation between the profit and not-for-profit business models is shifting, providing a new blend of values. Read More


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