Grounding for the Pathway to Evaluation for Catalyst 2030
The primary purpose of the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) framework is to support the process of Catalyst 2030’s development and adaptation. The pathway is anchored on what members, leaders and staff are curious about regarding how to effectively catalyse change within social entrepreneurship and innovation systems to achieve the SDGs. We also suggest tracking impact, even early signals of impact, to inform ongoing development and provide accountability to funders, partners and other stakeholders.
To support this focus on learning without losing the importance of outputs and outcomes, we have taken a developmental evaluation approach. Developmental evaluation “supports innovation development to guide adaptation to emergent and dynamic realities in complex environments.” (Patton, 2010) The social entrepreneurship/innovation system is complex, characterised by a large number of interacting and interdependent elements in which there is no central control. Patterns of change emerge from fast, real-time interactions that lead to learning, evolution, and development. Developmental evaluation will support Catalyst 2030 leaders, members, and staff to observe and capture important and emerging patterns as the network grows.
The Catalyst 2030 Pathways to Evaluation report can be found here.