Evaluation in Philanthropy
Victor Kuo, Ph.D.
Brief History in the U.S.
Evaluation’s presence in philanthropy has a history marked by
laws, formalized associations, and publications.
Critical Impact Awards
Council of Foundations
Brim’s essay on evaluation
Measuring Program Outcomes: Evaluation Handbook
Russell Sage Foundation
A Practical Approach Kellogg Foundation
RESEARCH RESPONSIBILITY RETURNS RATINGS
Tax Reform Act American
Government Performance Grantmakers for
& Results Act Effective Organizations
Cleveland School Survey – 1917
The Cleveland Foundation
Logic Model Guide - 1998
Kids Count - 1990 Impact Framework - 2003
Annie E. Casey Robert Wood Johnson
Evaluation, Philanthropy & Greater China
• Need for basic directories and mapping of nonprofits in
– New Philanthropy Partners (mainland)
• Some initial survey work
– National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (Singapore)
• Rigorous experimental studies; research studies
– Rural Education Action Project
– Rural China Education Foundation
What China’s Philanthropists Need…
• A Few Philanthropic Leaders…
– To adopt/adapt strategic philanthropy
– To commit to reporting results
– To encourage other philanthropists in China
• A Network of Researchers and Evaluators…
– To identify Chinese philanthropists who are “ready”
– To experiment, share lessons, develop business approaches
– To remain independent and objective
• A Civil Sector that Pushes for Results
– To create a professional culture that values results
– To brings balance to charity and luxury
• To what extent will an emerging philanthropic sector in greater
China embrace accountability, transparency and a results-oriented
• What emerging philanthropists in greater China are ready to adopt
“strategic philanthropy”? And to evaluate their work?
• What additional knowledge and skills do Chinese educational
researchers and evaluators need to effectively serve
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