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Priorities for a New Decade: Making (More) Social Programs Work (Better)

March, 2011

In this white paper, P/PV proposes a comprehensive and bold re-thinking of how nonprofits are evaluated. Rejecting a rigid, one-size-fits-all model that focuses narrowly on determining a program's success or failure, Priorities for a New Decade proposes an approach that fully engages nonprofit practitioners as partners in evaluation efforts, reflects a deep understanding of local circumstances and constraints, and suggests guidelines for evaluation and scaling that actually support on-the-ground program quality and performance. In the coming months, we will advance these ideas through a number of new endeavors focused on improving the on-the-ground quality and effectiveness of social programs, including: * Reflecting on and synthesizing our learning in key areas, creating a solid foundation for future initiatives. * Developing several initiatives that advance the creative, practical use of research and evaluation to improve program effectiveness. * Launching several new research and demonstration projects in our core areas of workforce development, youth development and criminal justice. Through this work—which builds on more than 30 years' experience developing, evaluating and replicating social programs—P/PV hopes to encourage funders and policymakers to approach evaluation differently and, in the process, help nonprofits develop more effective ways to create opportunity, build healthier communities, and foster a more fair and just society. Free download at


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