Evaluation, Measurement and Knowledge

Data-based and outcome-oriented approach is a main principle guiding Rashi’s day-to-day work. We rely on applied research and evaluation to measure the impact of our programs, as well as to direct the efforts to advance social policy.

Formative evaluation allows us to monitor the implementation of our initiatives and to adjust and improve them on the go; it also indicates how effective they are in reaching their objectives. Our research studies, sometimes requiring custom-designed measuring tools, are carried out by Rashi’s evaluation department or by professional researchers supervised by our team.

Our program directors take an active part in the evaluation process, from helping to build logic models with pre-defined goals, outputs and outcomes, to drawing conclusions from the findings.

Even before reaching the implementation stage, gathering knowledge and analyzing data are important elements in developing our initiatives, as well as in planning the overall strategy in different fields. To this end, the R&D team prepares reviews of academic research, reports published by the Central Bureau of Statistics, OECD, etc., and knowledge gained through programs in Israel and abroad.

As part of this process, we maintain contact with leading research institutions in Israel, with evaluation departments of other NGOs, and with academic institutes abroad engaged in evaluation of social programs.

Research studies and literaure reviews

(in Hebrew)

Quality assurance in early childhood settings

Literature review (2021)

The quality of daycare settings has a significant impact on child development, especially for those from a low socioeconomic background; the review focuses on the criteria for defining quality

The effect of early childhood health on social mobility

Literature review (2020)

Low socioeconomic status is strongly correlated to poor health, but this true also in reverse – the physical and mental health of children affect their socioeconomic status as adults


Evidence-based policymaking

Literature review (2020)

In political frameworks, decision-making is unavoidably tainted by conflicting interests and compromises. As a result, the concept of evidence-based policy has changed to evidence-informed policy.

Volunteering programs – Ma’ase Center

Internal evaluation (2020)

Main findings of a survey examining the impact on the participants’ sense of capability, perception of the future, social involvement and more.

Regional employment ecosystem

Literature review (2020)

A region-wide  ecosystem that maximizes the local assets while linking employers, job seekers and training bodies is widely recognized as a key to growth that helps to close economic gaps.