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CECAN Webinar – Navigating System Change Evaluation: reflections on how to know you are making progress in shifting systems

Online, 2 May 2024, 1pm
Madeline Goldie & Jessica Davies

Thursday 2nd May 2024, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

Presenters: Madeline Goldie & Jessica Davies, Social Finance

Webinar Overview:

Social Finance, in partnership with the System Innovation Initiative, spent 12 months between 2022 and 2023 exploring how evaluation works for system change. Motivated by our work in recent years to unpack and explore how system change comes about, we and many others across the social impact space are increasingly asking how to know we are making progress? To start to answer this, we spoke to 50+ system change practitioners, funders and evaluators globally to learn how people are approach the topic, what is working, what isn’t working, and what the implications might be for those funding system change, as well as those leading it.

Building on this research, as well as over a decade’s practical experience working with our partners across a range of sectors on large-scale system change projects, in this webinar, we will share our insights and reflections on:

  • Why is evaluating system change so hard?
  • How should evaluation adapt, and what should it not lose?
  • What does system change evaluation look like in practice?
  • How might we track progress?


Presenter Biographies:

Madeline Goldie

Madeline is a Manager in Social Finance’s Government + Enterprise team. Her work focuses mostly on supporting government and third sector partners to embed practical system change strategies into their work. She was the system change lead for our partnership with the Changing Futures programme – a £64 million programme to transform the way local ecosystems support people experiencing multiple disadvantage and has helped local and regional authorities design and implement radical new commissioning and investment approaches. Madeline is also the project manager for MHEP, a programme supporting social investment in five supported employment services.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Madeline was a fellow with Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab, where she supported state governments with data-driven reform of the child welfare system, and an advisor for the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Jessica Davies

Jessica is an Associate Director based in Social Finance’s Impact Incubator, supporting charitable foundations to design and develop systemic solutions to entrenched social problems. She leads our work on methodologies for scaling impact and system change, and developed Social Finance’s Routes to Scale Framework. Her work has spanned issues and impact approaches, developing a broad toolkit of strategies over almost a decade’s experience of routes to social change, from leading strategy development for the new £1bn Motability Foundation, to convening funder coalitions, scoping and design for the Education Outcomes Fund, investment management and enterprise support in the Care & Wellbeing Fund and rolling out new digital tools to support Children’s Social Care.

Jessica joined Social Finance from strategy consulting firm Parthenon-EY (formerly The Parthenon Group), where she worked on corporate strategy and commercial due diligence projects in education, consumer and business services. Jessica also established and led Parthenon’s pro-bono practice, with a focus on supporting education/ youth charities and social enterprises. Prior to joining Parthenon, Jessica taught Citizenship for two years at a secondary school in West London through Teach First, and spent a year in Beijing learning Mandarin. She holds an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy from the LSE, and a BA in Philosophy & French from Oxford University

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar (registration now closed).

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Link to Webinar Recording:

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view.

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