Funders and policy analysts have unrealistic notions about evaluating CED, which applies unique combinations of resources to complex social and economic problems. That said, community groups could improve their effectiveness and credibility by building evaluation methods right into their strategies. In particular, these groups must make an extra effort to see how they can distinguish the specific effects of their work from other factors: in other words, the 'incremental' impact of their initiative.
Incrementality and Evaluation
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Canadian Centre for Community Renewal
Planning and Evaluation