We guide and lead the planning and implementation of social impact projects and programs including community outreach and public education initiatives. PSC also works with our partners to conduct rigorous evaluations that demonstrate impact and provide data to improve outcomes and enhance organizational effectiveness.
Our Evaluation Philosophy
Evaluations are conducted for a variety of purposes and can be designed to meet different needs. Depending on the approach, evaluations can invoke fear and resentment, or provide an opportunity for greater engagement and new learning among program staff and stakeholders. PSC prefers the latter approach, and draws on empowerment and participatory approaches to guide evaluation projects.
We work closely with our client partners to determine the type of evaluation that they need. This approach ensures that the values of clients will frame the evaluation. At the core of this process is a focus on how best to uncover the information and data that can be used to improve outcomes, communicate success and inform future planning.
Programs do not operate in a vacuum. That’s why we’re committed to understanding the unique local and soci-political contexts in which a program operates. Expanding beyond the specifics of a program to the environment in which it operates daily helps to provide a comprehensive view of the factors that may limit or facilitate success and sustainability.
PSC subscribes to the American Evaluation Association’s five guiding principles for evaluations: systemic inquiry, competence, integrity/honesty, respect for people, and consideration of the perspectives of diverse stakeholders and public interests related to the evaluation.
Related Case Studies:
- Healthy Schools – Evaluation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s School Health Guidelines
- Great Schools – Case Study Evaluation of the College Bound Program in Washington, D.C.
- American Medical Group Foundation – Measure Up/Pressure Down Campaign