Evaluating ecosystem investments

Autor(es) : Katelyn Mack, Shijie Lu, Lalitha Vaidyanathan, Srik Gopal, Masha Lisak

Systems change is growing in the philanthropy sector. Foundations are realizing that to achieve real impact at scale there is a need for long-term, multi-stakeholder strategies. Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of programs are not sufficient for the inherent complexity and adaptiveness required in systems change. Through multiple interviews, grants analysis, and a literature review, FSG has identified 5 effective practices in evaluating ecosystem investments.

This report focuses on what was learned about best practices for evaluating the effects of ecosystem investments along with examples of how others are using these practices in their work.