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#data4good
How Can Social Programs
Become Evidence-Based?
5 Practical Steps.
#data4good
Tracy Allison Altman, PhD
Founder, Ugly Research
Creator, PepperSlice
#data4good
#data4good
Find out more
Links and discussion @
EvidenceSoup.com blog:
5 practical ways to build an evidence-based
social ...
#data4good
Data-driven is mandatory
New rules for funders, funded:
• Rigorous methods – modeled
after evidence-based medic...
#data4good
Example: Social Innovation Fund
• 3 evidence levels: preliminary,
moderate, strong
• Standardized evaluation
 ...
#data4good
Simplifying or bewildering?
Evidence: The SIF way
 More examples of evidence-based
innovations @ end of slide ...
#data4good
‘Evidence-based’ decision = ?
Current, best evidence:
• Internal, external sources
• High-quality methods
• Fee...
#data4good
What’s a ‘good’ decision?
• Good process: Transparent.
Follows evidence in repeatable
way.
• Good outcome? Not ...
#data4good
Emerging evidence marketplaces
Supply & demand for evidence of
program success
Report by Social Innovation
Rese...
#data4good
Communication still a free-for-all
Knowledge dissemination, findings,
insights aren’t standardized:
• Tradition...
#data4good
5 practical ways to become
evidence-based
1. Focus on what deciders need
2. Use insider vocabulary
3. Live bett...
#data4good
How will the decision be made?
What evidence do they want?
Example: Social Impact Bonds
• Specify desired outco...
#data4good
Step #2: Use insider vocabulary
Data collection:
• Randomized trial, case study,
survey, quasi-experimental des...
#data4good
Use Other People’s Evidence.
Gather research:
• Peer organizations
• Academia
• Agencies
• NGOs
Step #3: Live b...
#data4good
Step #4: Manage and exchange
Get more value from findings:
- Once insights are discovered,
manage purposefully
...
#data4good
Follow a method for exchanging
evidence-based insights:
• Recognize evidence categories
• Common vocabulary
• C...
#data4good
Example: Nurse-Family Partnership
Home visits by nurses for
first-time mothers
Rigorous, randomized trials
to e...
#data4good
Example: Insights marketplace
PepperSlice is a place to exchange
evidence-based insights:
• Create insights (Sl...
#data4good
PepperSlice example: Medicine
#data4good
PepperSlice example: NFP
#data4good
Join the nonprofit beta
Sign up at PepperSlice.com
Email tracy@pepperslice.com
Schedule a learning session
Give...
Tracy Allison Altman
email: tracy@uglyresearch.com
Twitter: @UglyResearch
Blog: EvidenceSoup.com
#data4good
Example: What Works Cities?
Use evidence to improve results
for residents
http://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/...
#data4good
Example: Urban Institute PFSI
Pay for Success Initiative
http://www.urban.org/features/understanding-social-
im...
#data4good
Example: Alliance for Useful
Evidence
Case studies on how UK charities
use research evidence:
• Handbook forthc...
#data4good
Example: BCURE
Building Capacity to Use
Research Evidence
http://epod.cid.harvard.edu/bcure9
Join PepperSlice
Share evidence-based
insights
PepperSlice for Nonprofits
#data4good
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5 practical ways to build an evidence-based social program.

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Notes from my recent presentation on how social programs/nonprofits can become evidence-based - in our lifetime. Highlights: Recent developments in evidence-based decision making in the nonprofit/social sector. Practical ways to discover and exchange evidence-based insights. References, resources, and links to organizations with innovative programs.

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5 practical ways to build an evidence-based social program.

  1. 1. #data4good How Can Social Programs Become Evidence-Based? 5 Practical Steps. #data4good
  2. 2. Tracy Allison Altman, PhD Founder, Ugly Research Creator, PepperSlice #data4good
  3. 3. #data4good Find out more Links and discussion @ EvidenceSoup.com blog: 5 practical ways to build an evidence-based social program [Wed, Oct 21] SlideShare presentation PepperSlice.com
  4. 4. #data4good Data-driven is mandatory New rules for funders, funded: • Rigorous methods – modeled after evidence-based medicine • Standardized evaluation
  5. 5. #data4good Example: Social Innovation Fund • 3 evidence levels: preliminary, moderate, strong • Standardized evaluation  Cookie cutter decision-making?
  6. 6. #data4good Simplifying or bewildering? Evidence: The SIF way  More examples of evidence-based innovations @ end of slide deck
  7. 7. #data4good ‘Evidence-based’ decision = ? Current, best evidence: • Internal, external sources • High-quality methods • Feedback loop
  8. 8. #data4good What’s a ‘good’ decision? • Good process: Transparent. Follows evidence in repeatable way. • Good outcome? Not always. Judge quality of a decision process separately from results.
  9. 9. #data4good Emerging evidence marketplaces Supply & demand for evidence of program success Report by Social Innovation Research Center • Social Innovation Fund’s Early Results are Promising. Patrick Lester, 30-June-2015 • http://www.socialinnovationcenter.org/?p=1413 Page 27
  10. 10. #data4good Communication still a free-for-all Knowledge dissemination, findings, insights aren’t standardized: • Traditional papers & reports • PowerPoint / free-form slides • Email / online posts
  11. 11. #data4good 5 practical ways to become evidence-based 1. Focus on what deciders need 2. Use insider vocabulary 3. Live better through OPE 4. Manage and exchange 5. Share systematically
  12. 12. #data4good How will the decision be made? What evidence do they want? Example: Social Impact Bonds • Specify desired outcomes and explicit success measures Step #1: Focus on what deciders need
  13. 13. #data4good Step #2: Use insider vocabulary Data collection: • Randomized trial, case study, survey, quasi-experimental design? Data analysis: • Simple statistics? Complex model?
  14. 14. #data4good Use Other People’s Evidence. Gather research: • Peer organizations • Academia • Agencies • NGOs Step #3: Live better with OPE
  15. 15. #data4good Step #4: Manage and exchange Get more value from findings: - Once insights are discovered, manage purposefully - Trade/exchange with others
  16. 16. #data4good Follow a method for exchanging evidence-based insights: • Recognize evidence categories • Common vocabulary • Common presentation format Step #5: Share systematically
  17. 17. #data4good Example: Nurse-Family Partnership Home visits by nurses for first-time mothers Rigorous, randomized trials to evaluate outcomes http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/
  18. 18. #data4good Example: Insights marketplace PepperSlice is a place to exchange evidence-based insights: • Create insights (Slices) in simple format • Pin onto boards • Sell or share your insights
  19. 19. #data4good PepperSlice example: Medicine
  20. 20. #data4good PepperSlice example: NFP
  21. 21. #data4good Join the nonprofit beta Sign up at PepperSlice.com Email tracy@pepperslice.com Schedule a learning session Give us your feedback & make an impact.
  22. 22. Tracy Allison Altman email: tracy@uglyresearch.com Twitter: @UglyResearch Blog: EvidenceSoup.com
  23. 23. #data4good Example: What Works Cities? Use evidence to improve results for residents http://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/ Define “works” - Which stakeholder? Values? - Achieves stated goal
  24. 24. #data4good Example: Urban Institute PFSI Pay for Success Initiative http://www.urban.org/features/understanding-social- impact-bonds-and-pay-success • Services for jurisdictions • Standardized pricing, defined program models
  25. 25. #data4good Example: Alliance for Useful Evidence Case studies on how UK charities use research evidence: • Handbook forthcoming • Take the survey http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2226076/bab12906 0657
  26. 26. #data4good Example: BCURE Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence http://epod.cid.harvard.edu/bcure9
  27. 27. Join PepperSlice Share evidence-based insights
  28. 28. PepperSlice for Nonprofits #data4good

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