From Measurement Design

We need more creative research design

In 1981, a curiously profound experience took place in a converted monastery in New Hampshire. Psychologist Ellen Langer brought together eight men in their 70s to embody their earlier selves in an setting designed to evoke the year 1959. For five days, the men treated 1959 as their present. Before…

Five steps to achieving impact with research

James Georgalakis, newly appointed Director of Communications and Impact at the Institute of Development Studies outlines the IDS approach to effective research uptake. Among the recommendations: Understand policy, power and knowledge contexts. Cognitive mapping is an excellent tool to master the context.

How do we measure the impact of emotion?

Chinatown Youth Initiatives (CYI) plays an important role in equipping New York City youth with knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of Chinatown, Asian Americans, and other underrepresented communities. But the impact of community building programs like CYI isn’t always easy to measure. Until now, the impact of…

New Ways to Evaluate Impact

When it comes to evaluating impact within complex systems, we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible. Thicket writes a feature in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.