Applied research

Co-conduct research to understand and address socially-relevant issues. Approaches to research include systematic reviews, evidence syntheses, meta-evaluations, action research, and mixed qualitative-quantitative research.

Program evaluation

Provide timely and actionable information on program processes and outcomes. Approaches to evaluation include logic models, Theories of Change, outcome mapping, outcome harvesting, feminist evaluation, and sustainability evaluation.

Knowledge translation

Design and implement plans to share results to policymakers, practitioners, and communities. Approaches to communication include selecting channels, developing key messages, and evaluating the effectiveness of communication efforts.

Guiding principles


Strive to understand why, how, for whom, and in what context a program works. Engage those that influence (and are influenced by) the program in mapping and testing change pathways.


Commit to eliminate inequalities across social identities including race, gender, class, and so on. Assess the extent to which programs differentially impact groups of people as well as address drivers of inequalities.


Systematically capture outcomes as they emerge in complex environments. Provide timely feedback to generate evidence, foster learning, and make adaptations to programming.

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