March 20, 2008
by Bradley Center
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- Transcript with background essay "Reflections on the 'Evaluation Revolution'" by Gary Walker (PDF format, 37 pages, 244 KB)
- Transcript without background essay (PDF format, 31 pages, 226 KB)
Click here to read panelist ALBERT RUESGA's blog on the discussion.
In the early 1970s GARY WALKER established a jobs program for ex-convicts and recovering drug addicts. Within a few years it was expanded to nine other locations and evaluated as a national demonstration. The evaluation showed that the program did not substantially change the lives of those who participated. This was only the beginning. As the "Evaluation Revolution" unfolded over the next thirty years, the overwhelming majority of social programs with impact studies would be shown to have similar results: no substantial change in the lives of participants. In an essay prepared for this discussion (click here to read or download), WALKER, former president of Public/Private Ventures, describes "a sophisticated and maturing field of evaluation thrust upon an ever-immature field of demonstration social programs."
Revolution" unfolded over the next thirty years, the overwhelming majority of social programs with impact studies would be shown to have similar results: no substantial change in the lives of participants. In an essay prepared for this discussion (click here to read or download), WALKER, former president of Public/Private Ventures, describes "a sophisticated and maturing field of evaluation thrust upon an ever-immature field of demonstration social programs."
Why is it that philanthropy has learned so much about metrics and yet has so little by way of measurable success to show for it? On Thursday, March 20, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center hosted WALKER and other experts who have grappled with measurement, including KATHLEEN ENRIGHT of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, The Meyer Foundation's ALBERT RUESGA, and HOWARD ROLSTON of Abt Associates and the Brookings Institution. The Bradley Center's WILLIAM SCHAMBRA moderated the discussion.
Program and Panel
Registration, lunch buffet
Welcome by Hudson Institute's WILLIAM SCHAMBRA
GARY WALKER, formerly of Public/Private Ventures
KATHLEEN ENRIGHT, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
ALBERT RUESGA, The Meyer Foundation
HOWARD ROLSTON, Abt Associates and the Brookings Institution
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Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal aims to explore the usually unexamined intellectual assumptions underlying the grantmaking practices of America’s foundations and provide practical advice and guidance to grantmakers who seek to support smaller, grassroots institutions in the name of civic renewal.
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