Author Archives: carolinefiennes

Empowering the poorest of the poor

This article first published in the Financial Times The global ‘gig economy’ is awash with the downtrodden and effective campaigners The council wanted them out. The Grand Parade area in front of Cape Town’s City Hall needed to be clear … Continue reading

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Hoorah: A funder rigorously assessed its own performance

This article first published in the Financial Times. Break out the champagne. Somebody’s finally done it. I’ve been saying for a while that funders should investigate empirically whether their “help” for non-profit organisations actually does help. It is not guaranteed: … Continue reading

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Introduction to monitoring and evaluation

With Keystone Accountability, we recently worked for a funder who was relatively new to monitoring / evaluation / learning. We created for them a ‘primer’ to introduce some of the key concepts a ‘primer’ to introduce some of the key concepts, and … Continue reading

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Perils and pitfalls of evidence-based philanthropy

Keynote talk and very spirited panel at the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada, Toronto, Oct 2018. Notice the all-female panel 🙂 (We will eventually cut the slides into this so you can see what Caroline was talking about. For now, you … Continue reading

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Getting research into practice: Keynote at Global Evidence and Implementation Summit, 2018

Caroline Fiennes gave a keynote presentation at the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit in Melbourne, October 2018. To watch, click on the photo and wait a second. You may need to log in – any email address is fine. Excuse the … Continue reading

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With all due diligence: Claims made by some ‘impact investments’ do not stack up

Demanding a financial return often reduces the social benefit rather more often than impact investors let on A version of this article first published in the Financial Times. It is a beguiling offer — an investment that can produce a … Continue reading

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Foundation boards are a throwback to a ‘male, pale and stale’ world

Lack of diversity is a problem for foundations and grant-making committees This article first published in the Financial Times. Every donor who sets up a charitable foundation needs a board. And every company  starting a charitable programme needs to determine … Continue reading

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Charity begins with admitting we got it wrong

We need to be scientific and fearless about assessing whether proposed solutions work This article first published in the FT The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seems to have wasted six years and $1bn, having initiated a programme to improve … Continue reading

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Charities (gasp!) using and producing sound evidence

This article first published in the Financial Times. Anne Heller has done something that I had never previously seen in my 18 years in the non-profit sector. She identified a social problem, scoured academic literature to find a solution, and … Continue reading

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Mapping the existing evidence about preventing child abuse in institutions

We are producing a map of the existing evidence about child abuse within organisations New project! Giving Evidence is working to produce a map of the existing evidence (and gaps in it) about what is effective at reducing child maltreatment … Continue reading

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