Evaluation in Philanthropy: Adding Good Minds to Warm Hearts
This presentation by Professor Dorothy Scott, OAM, at the 2004 Philanthropy New Zealand conference, covers the question of "how we might create forms of philanthropy which are a synthesis of the warm heart and the good mind, for philanthropy that is only of the heart can be a waste of money and do more harm than good, while that which is only of the mind can result in cold charity and a preoccupation with measurement."
The paper details some of the broad questions in philanthropic evaluation and explains the steps necessary for evaluation in an "innovate, evaluate, disseminate and possibly replicate" approach to philanthropy. It details issues and questions relating to each of the following questions:
- Is it effective (outcome evaluation)?
- How is it effective (process evaluation)?
- Is it cost-effective and sustainable?
- Is it transferable across different contexts?
- How might it be embedded in systemic reform?
- What is the long term impact?