Outcomes: not worth paying for?

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Today we learned of the shuttering of PPV (Public/Private Ventures), the venerable agency that conducts research and evaluation to strengthen nonprofit programs.

One of the big complaints among nonprofits is that funders want outcomes, but won’t pay for them. And this appears to be another nail in the coffin. PPV says they are closing because they cannot find the funding to continue operations.

Pioneering Evaluation Group Plans to Fold – News – The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.

So what’s the next step? I suspect we need to dial back the expectations related to program evaluation. There could also be a healthy discussion about what outcomes we can actually get. Are anecdotes combined with simple data gathering sufficient?

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