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Authors: Christopher Gohl
Published by: Centre for Social Investment of Heidelberg University
Published in: 2011
Length: 12 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

The Bernhard van Leer Foundation is in the midst of an organizational change process, the goal of which is to align all the Foundation’s projects and actions to its mission to create a world where every child up to the age of eight can realize his or her full potential. In the spring of 2009, the Interim Director of the foundation invites the officer of monitoring and evaluation as well as a former colleague and acute observer to shed light on the issue of project evaluation and impact measurement. While the discussion revolves around sensible procedures for monitoring and evaluating impact, it becomes also clear that there is a second, related issue to deal with, that of an approach, which could be characterized as ranging from cautious to resistant, of members of the staff to the organizational change process. In this teaching case students can consider the relevance but also different models of monitoring and evaluation as well as the broader topics of professionalization and organizational change management in philanthropic organizations.
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Abstract

The Bernhard van Leer Foundation is in the midst of an organizational change process, the goal of which is to align all the Foundation’s projects and actions to its mission to create a world where every child up to the age of eight can realize his or her full potential. In the spring of 2009, the Interim Director of the foundation invites the officer of monitoring and evaluation as well as a former colleague and acute observer to shed light on the issue of project evaluation and impact measurement. While the discussion revolves around sensible procedures for monitoring and evaluating impact, it becomes also clear that there is a second, related issue to deal with, that of an approach, which could be characterized as ranging from cautious to resistant, of members of the staff to the organizational change process. In this teaching case students can consider the relevance but also different models of monitoring and evaluation as well as the broader topics of professionalization and organizational change management in philanthropic organizations.

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