Developmental Evaluation Report of Nourish

The Nourish team is excited to share the Phase 1 Developmental Evaluation (2016 - 2019) Report of Nourish, which follows the activity of Nourish from Fall 2015 to Spring 2019.

Objective of the report:

Developmental evaluation is a specific approach to evaluation that is ideally suited for innovative situations. Initiatives that are innovative are often in a state of continuous development and adaptation, and furthermore, they are frequently unfolding in changing and unpredictable environments. The intent of this evaluation is to help the program staff, lead partners and project advisors examine how the initiative took shape, determine what systems effects were observed, and assess signs of progress towards longer-term objectives.

The developmental evaluation explores four inter-related aspects of Nourish’s first three years:

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Sources of this developmental evaluation

This development update draws from a variety of different sources and viewpoints on the progress of the program:

  • Developmental updates: Surveys by Innovators done approximately every 6 months.

  • Team reflections: Observations and analysis by Nourish team who systematically track the Nourish program including partnership activity, Innovator actions, and projects.

  • Advisory group: Nourish has an advisory group that convened regularly to provide observations and reflections.

  • External interviews: Ten interviews with external stakeholders were done: 5 in 2018 and 5 in 2019. ’External stakeholders’ are people who had some knowledge of and connection to Nourish, but not a close involvement.