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Learning social metrics from international development

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The goal of community development should be to improve the lives of as many disadvantaged people as possible with a minimum amount of resources. The field can achieve this goal by identifying those community development projects that are both efficient and have significant social impacts, and then scaling up. However, without effective evaluations, it is impossible to gauge progress. Effective evaluations include randomized experiments and well-designed observational studies, both of which can measure the impact to society. This article analyzes the best evaluation methods in international development, including examples of evaluation toolkits, with the aim of helping community development practitioners apply the methods to projects in the United States. The article also includes steps and recommendations to increase the quantity and quality of evaluations for community development projects.

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  • Veldman, Paul, 2011. "Learning social metrics from international development," Community Development Investment Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue 01, pages 071-113.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfcr:y:2011:p:71-113:n:v.7no.1
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