Social Accountability in Ethiopia: The Power of Feedback Loops

Last month, I had the opportunity to learn from Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) and its partner Harmee Education for Development Association (HEfDA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia about their work to leverage the power of feedback and accountability through a process called Social Accountability. In Social Accountability, users of public services are…

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Closing the Loop: Sharing our Learning

Ever wonder if final grant reports just collect dust in a corner of the Foundation’s office or get thrown into the furnace (or the digital equivalent)? These reports contain a wealth of information that organizations spend significant time writing, and our team works diligently to read every final grant report- albeit sometimes a little later…

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Learning about Learning Questions

In this post, the Evaluation & Learning team at the Packard Foundation wanted to share some basics about learning questions: What are they? How should they be crafted? How can you make sure they are useful? At the Foundation, grant makers write learning questions about their grantmaking strategies. These questions are a critical opportunity for…

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How do we evaluate our work? 

Capacity building is notoriously tricky to evaluate. Here in the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team we evaluate our work several ways, and we are always trying to improve so we can increase our impact.  This post provides a brief overview of our monitoring, evaluation, and learning approach over the last three years. We wanted…

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Heartwired

Despite the protests of generations of economists, recent neurological and psychological research shows that human decisions come from our heart, not from our head. In small decisions, like which jam to buy, and large ones, like whom to marry, we are more often swayed by our psycho-social circuitry than by rational thought. For social changemakers,…

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