what works.

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Real impact – Should we have our impact externally evaluated?

Organizations in the social sector should review the impact of their programs, or arrange such a review. Not to keep their donors happy but to check whether they really are doing the best they can to reach their target group. And to ensure they are reaching as many members of the target group as possible. External assistance can be very useful in demonstrating impact. But external evaluations also imply a lot of in-house cost and effort. What do social organizations need to consider to be sure the process pays off?

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Scientific evidence for how mentoring can eliminate social inequality

Several media sources are already reporting on the long-term study conducted by Prof. Armin Falk (University of Bonn) and funded in part by the Benckiser Stiftung Zukunft. It is a study on the role of the social environment in the development of prosociality. The results are remarkable: the study proves how tremendously effective mentoring is for children. Now the first paper on the study is available online for discussion.