Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Community Investments Vol 22, Issue 1
Five Simple Rules for Evaluating Complex Community Initiatives

Author(s): Thomas Kelly, Jr.

Spring 2010

Community Investments

Complex community initiatives are. . . complex. Evaluating them can be an even more complex undertaking. Community change initiatives (CCIs), indeed most comprehensive place-based initiatives, consist of multiple interventions over a number of years at individual, group, institutional, social, and political levels. Any one of these interventions could be an evaluation in and of itself, but with a CCI, you want to capture what matters. But what do you measure? How often? Which methods should be used? And how does what you measure influence the very nature of the CCI itself?

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