A New Normal for Evidence Building: Five Tips for Funders

Funders play a critical role in promoting a culture of learning and evidence building in the social sector—not just for themselves, their evaluators, and their grantees, but also for the communities that will bene t from programs with stronger outcomes. 

Kelly Fitzsimmons outlines five opportunities for funders in a chapter she wrote for the book What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities.

  1. Invite and support grantees to lead.
  2. Move from judgement to development.
  3. Don't stop at research: support learning and implementation.
  4. Ask for and fund outcomes.
  5. Embrace data and technology.

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