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EVALUATION IN THE 3 RD SECTOR IN ISRAEL THE CASE OF BRANCO WEISS INSTITUTE. Evaluation Department. Dr. Ruth Lustig. presentation’s topics. The Israeli 3 rd sector The Branco Weiss Institute – “pragmatic idealism” The case of BWI evaluation unit– interior? exterior?

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evaluation in the 3 rd sector in israel the case of branco weiss institute

EVALUATION IN THE 3RD SECTORIN ISRAELTHE CASE OFBRANCO WEISS INSTITUTE

Evaluation Department

Dr. Ruth Lustig

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presentation’s topics

  • The Israeli 3rd sector
  • The Branco Weiss Institute – “pragmatic idealism”
  • The case of BWI evaluation unit– interior? exterior?
  • How to create and keep a dialogic evaluation?
  • Evaluation as an organizational learning

ADER & IAPE Seminar November 2013

democratic societies are composed of three types of organizations
Democratic societies are composed of three types of organizations:

ADER & IAPE Seminar November 2013

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The Israeli Third Sector

Two primary roles:

1. Third Sector organizations replace or complement public services in such areas as health, education, immigrant absorption, social welfare and culture.

Funded primarily by the state

2. Voluntary, civil society organizations provide a framework for individuals to join together to address community needs, pursue their collective interests, participate in building society and effect social change.

A major building bloc of Israel’s democratic life

ADER & IAPE Seminar November 2013

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The Israeli Third Sector – some facts

  • Over 34,000 registered Third Sector organizations in Israel
  • An average of 1,500 new organizations (foundations)and advocacy groups ) register annually.
  • Constitutes roughly 12% of the country’s GDP .
  • Employs about a tenth of the nation’s workforce
  • Among 22 countries, Israel ranked fourth (behind Holland, Ireland and Belgium) in the relative size of its Third Sector within the larger economy.
  • 84% of the Sector’s economic activity is in the fields of health, education and welfare
  • Public funding is the Third Sector’s main revenue source (55%),
  • more than a quarter of Israeli Third Sector organizations received government support

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Social challenges in Israeli society

  • Extreme disparities between weak and strong social sectors
  • Israel continues to absorb new immigrants from different countries and cultures
  • A change in the role of the family, loss of parental authority
  • Confused teenagers - their identity, their sense of belonging, and their sense of self-efficacy

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Branco Weiss Institute - Pragmatic Idealism

  • In 1990 Dr. Branco Weiss (1929-2010) founded Branco Weiss Institute in Jerusalem
  • An educational NGO which has been working with teachers, pupils and school in Israel’s social and demographic periphery.
  • In order to enhance individual and social growth and to reduce educational disparities in Israeli society

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Pragmatic Idealism in Our Main Areas of Activity

  • In the educational field:
  • 6 comprehensive schools – 5,500 pupils
  • 14 schools for at risk students – 1,600 pupils
  • Holistic individualized programs -12,000 pupils
  • supervision & mentoring & in-service courses - 2,000 teachers
  • In the headquarters:
  • R&D for pedagogical development (pedagogical literacy, mathematical greenhouse, Writing-based Disciplinary Pedagogy(
  • Organizational learning & professional development
  • Evaluation

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Evaluation Unit’s Objectives

  • To contribute to BWI’s aspiration for organizational learningand for an ongoing improvement while focusing on the organization’s evaluative needs.
  • To keep significant professional dialogue, trust and partnership amongst the Evaluation Unit's staff (methodology experts), educational staff (the subject matter experts), commissioners and stakeholders in the evaluation process.
  • To contribute to the decision making process from the R&D stage, through the pilot stage to wide implementation in educational field.

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evaluation unit in bwi
Evaluation Unit in BWI

Evaluation Department

professional development

knowledge resources

R & D

At-risk high schools

organizational

learning

Program

implementation unit

Evaluation unit

management

comprehensive

High-schools

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Stakeholders in BWI Arena

Evaluation Department

Evaluation unit

Funders-partners

Headquarter

Field practitioners

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Dialogic evaluation process which creates

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Evaluation Department

participatory evaluation

  • A partnership which is realized by the joint definition of:
  • evaluative needs/questions,
  • research design,
  • gathering data
  • outcomes interpretation as a working plan base for the field

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Evaluation Department

Partnership which creates trust

“…the instructors realized that the process had been evaluated and not them as instructors… evaluation results were received (by the instructors) not as if they were judged, so they were not in an apologetic stage…this year they felt that evaluation became their interest…”

(Thinking Leadership Program’s manageress)

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Dialogic evaluation process which creates

Evaluation Department

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Evaluation Department

partnership Creates ownership & commitment

  • Mutual responsibility and ownership of:
  • evaluation process
  • outcomes
  • organizational learning
  • implementation

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Dialogic evaluation process which creates

Evaluation Department

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Evaluation Department

a dialog as an hermeneutic circle

Bridging interior & exterior evaluation unit role

  • The research process is build on circular joint inquiry
  • In a dialogic manner which enables to expose the various realities grasped by the stakeholders in all stages of the evaluation research
  • The concept of the hermeneutic circle is rooted in “responsive evaluation”

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stages in the evaluative hermeneutic circle

Evaluation Department

  • Mutual definition of the need and research questions
  • Research design
  • Development of the research tools
  • Gathering data
  • Research outcomes as contextual interpretation as a base for a working plan and further evaluation

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An ongoing dialog in the evaluation process creates

Evaluation Department

  • Positive attitudes towards evaluation
  • Trust relationships
  • Clear evaluation regularities
  • Relevance of the evaluation outcomes
  • Commitment and openness toward evaluation findings
  • Constructivist partnership between the evaluator and the stake holders/partners/funders alongside the evaluation process

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“In order to become organizational, the learning that results from organizational inquiry must become embedded in the images of organization held in its members’ minds and/or in the epistemological artifacts (the maps, memories, and programs) embedded in the organizational environment.”

(Argyris & Schon, 1996:16)

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thank you
Thank You!

ruthie@brancoweiss.org.il

www.brancoweiss.org.il