Expanding the Evidence Universe

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In a new paper just released by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, authors Lisbeth Schorr and Frank Farrow argue for a much broader conception of evidence considered allowable in funding decisions by government and philanthropic agencies. The legitimate focus on funding evidence-based practice has led to an over-reliance on experimental design as the only legitimate source of knowledge about what works. This has limited our vision of what programs and strategies should be funded and diminished our chances of making a difference at scale on outcomes for children, families, and communities. The paper presents very specific recommendations for changes in policy and practice for funders and for the research and evaluation community. The paper also urges use of results-based planning and decision-making processes, as central components of community change and system change initiatives. Please consider taking an active role in promoting this paper within your professional network.

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Mark FriedmanExpanding the Evidence Universe

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