Evaluation, Measurement and Knowledge

Data-based and outcome-oriented work 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)

Parenting support policy

Literature review (2019)

Many countries have adopted in recent years policies that focus on issues of child-rearing, child behavior and parenting capability. The review examines the existing policy and services in Israel and in several other countries with regard to support for parents and parenting.

21st century skills

Literature review (2019)

Thriving in an innovation-driven economy requires a different set of skills that in the past, which calls for essential changes in the education system. The review examines the subject from different angles: what are the 21st century skills, how to teach and evaluate them, and what is the situation in Israel.

Ne’urim success case

Meyers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (2018-9)

Presentation of the activity of youth centers in Druze communities in the success case methodology – findings and insights that can be used in the development and implementation of similar initiatives.

QA models in social services

Literature review (2018)

The current emphasis on quality assurance in social services is on parameters that indicate their effectiveness – “doing the right things” as opposed to “doing things right”. The review presents several QA models from the USA and Europe, as well as other issues related to QA processes.

STEM Initiative – Eilat

Internal evaluation (2018)

Executive summary of in-depth evaluation focusing on the initiative’s infrastructure and implementation process, along with its impact at the municipal level and insights from evaluation of specific elements and programs operating as part of the initiative.