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"MLE is Always in the Back of My Mind Now": ProInspire's Equity in the Center Team Tells Us About Their MLE Lab Experience

Every year, ORS Impact engages organizational teams who are looking to improve and align their measurement, learning, and evaluation (MLE) skills and thinking through our MLE Lab. Over six-months, teams participate in a unique consultative experience that blends in-person retreat time for organizational teams, guidance from expert coaches, opportunities for peer learning, and a curated toolkit of techniques and frameworks. As we look forward to our 4th MLE Lab and near the end of our time with our 3rd MLE Lab cohort, we decided to check back in with participants to learn about their experience. This is what we heard from ProInspire's Equity in the Center team, participants in our last MLE Lab.

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When Collective Impact Has Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives

We at ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the US and Canada as part of the Collective Impact Research Study. Through the study, we sought to generate answers to these questions in the field about how collective impact contributes to systems and social impact, and how it is implemented across a broad range of communities and topic areas.

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Collective Impact Study Update

Back in May, 2017 ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute embarked on an ambitious and important study to explore how collective impact contributes to changes in systems and populations through its unique approach to addressing social issues.

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Good Intentions are Important, but Not Enough

Our Immediate Plans for Forwarding our Equity Work in 2017

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ORS contributes to the Foundation Review

ORS Impact founder Jane Reisman, Director Anne Gienapp, and our partners at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently co-authored an article that was featured in the Foundation Review.

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The Collective Impact Research Study: What is all this really going to mean, anyway?

It’s easy for evaluators to sometimes get tied up in the technical terms around our work, leaving lay people unclear on what some of our decisions and choices mean. Without care, we can also risk being opaque about what a particular design can and can’t do. With this blog, we want to untangle what we think our design will tell us, and what it won’t do.

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New publication on multi-stakeholder advocacy evaluation!

  The field of advocacy evaluation has grown up, transitioning from an emergent area to an established field of practice. However, evaluation of multi-stakeholder advocacy is still in its infancy with evaluators, funders, and advocates working to untangle the complexity of how multiple organizations come together to influence policy change, build cohesive fields of practice, and accomplish more than any one group can do. Read the full publication coauthored by our partners at Spark...

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ORS Takes a Stand on Equity

CEO Reflection: Taking a Stand and Setting an Intention around Equity

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Social Impact Measurement: Converging Fields

Building bridges in a new evaluation era with market-oriented players at the table This working paper calls for optimizing the exchange between market-based actors in social impact assessment and the profession of evaluation. Click here to view the paper.

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The Alignment Index: An Innovative Tool

What is the Alignment Index? ORS Impact and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Education Pathways team co-developed a cross-sector alignment index: a tool for measuring five dimensions of alignment among organizations working toward a common impact. The tool is administered as part of an online survey and its distinguishing characteristics are as follows: Developed from the perspective of a Foundation Created through a participatory process and statistically examined for...

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