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Program Design

Why The Nonprofit Sector Needs Predictive Data

Jason Saul | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

In the nonprofit and public sector we invest first, and then measure to see what we got. That may be a key reason why we aren't making as much progress as we could be. Predicting the success of social programs before we fund them holds great promise for the future of social impact

Poor choices in program design in a poverty context

Michael Seo | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Michael Seo

A fatal flaw in program design is to underestimate the abilities of those we are trying to assist. Programs that are designed to attack systemic chal...

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

The Platinum Standard

Jason Saul | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

Many consider randomized control trials, or RCTs, to be the "gold standard" for evidence. Randomization provides a high degree of proof for a very narrow set of facts: a particular program, under a particular set of conditions, for a particular population of people, at a particular time, made a difference.

Heartbreak and Hardship -- Finding a Way Out for Fragile States

Dominique Desruelle | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
Dominique Desruelle

Everyone agrees that countries need help to recover from these situations. But it is not easy to come to a shared understanding on what this really takes.