Portugal Impact Group at the EES conference
The Portugal Impact Group, associate member of Social Value International, presented at the EES 12th biennial conference, a draft paper on the challenges and lessons of sharing best practices in social impact evaluation.
We conducted a case study, supported by an organizational assessment and gathered 21 testimonies out of 26 from past/current, active/non-active members. The group's challenges and lessons where then compared to the ones of the study "Creating and developing evaluation organizations" from the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). Moreover, the findings where matched with literature on inter-organizational communities of practice and models for sharing best-practices.
Some examples of challenges faced by the group are:
- Engaging partners across different sectors;
- Dealing with different levels of knowledge and expertise within and outside the group;
- Avoiding duplicating work developed by other networks or institutions;
- Defining the group’s identity;
- Refraining the fear of failing in front of others;
- lacking strategic leadership;
- Effective sharing of best-practices;
- Developing international partnerships.
Some examples of strategic lessons learned from sharing best practices are:
- Devising an advocacy strategy;
- Testing and presenting methodologies through the use a common case study;
- Investing an organic leadership;
- Adapting to heterogenous expectations;
- Promoting an environment of trust; creating an atmosphere of experimental sharing;
- Using new technologies to promote active participation.
Having to present at the EES was a fantastic learning opportunity for the group. It forced its members to go into a deep self-analysis, triggering a series of internal debates on what are the group's vision, mid term goals and short term priorities. In case you're interested to know more of the approach used and conclusions do not hesitate to contact: