Measurement and Evaluation

Evaluation uses social science research methods and tools such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, and secondary data to determine whether projects, programs, or initiatives are reaching their goals and to what extent. Evaluation tracks the activities and products of programs as well the effect of these activities, otherwise known as outcomes and impacts. Evaluation measures the changes resulting from activities on individual and group knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as organizational policy, public policy, and broader systems change such as the economy, environment, and society. Our evaluation approach focuses primarily on measuring behavioral change at the individual, organizational, and institutional level and the resulting changes in systems. We apply the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, participatory evaluation, and Collective Impact, all of which provide us with useful frameworks for better understanding how actors from multiple sectors effectively collaborate to create widespread systems change.

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Video: What difference does it make? A guide to doing your own evaluation, by Corry Bregendahl for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, available at: Evaluation presentation video


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