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20NTC Session Proposal

Impact Cascades: The Adaptive Approach to Evaluation

Submitted by: Mary Joyce | Do Big Good


Impact measurement is stressful. It’s vague.  It’s one more thing to do.  And then there’s the worry: “what if my results aren’t good?”  The fact that evaluation occurs only at the end of a project raises the stakes, minimizes learning, and makes adaptation impossible. 

But there’s a better way 🙂.  With the phased approach of an Impact Cascade, evaluation becomes an ongoing process.  Measurement becomes more diagnostic and less evaluative.  Assessing results becomes an opportunity to increase positive change.

In this session, you’ll learn from Mary Joyce, the creator of Impact Cascades, how to:

→ Complete a simple 1-page cascade diagram;

→ Organize impact into a series of outcomes and associated metrics;

→ Collect data throughout the duration of a program so you can adapt and improve.

Don’t let impact measurement deplete you.  Let it empower you and your organization.

Target Audience

Folks who carry out or manage M&E work in their organizations



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