Michael Scriven set up the Faster Forward Fund with the specific purpose of advancing the practice and profession of evaluation by providing financial resources to support certain approaches within the evaluation field:
To develop ideas that show promise for significantly accelerating (not merely advancing) the theory or practice of evaluation, giving particular support to highly original, revolutionary, maverick, or ‘out of the box’ ideas that are often dismissed as long-shots, and special weighting to those proposals likely to benefit people(s) with serious unmet needs, whether physical, social, economic, educational, or political.
The Faster Forward Fund is set up as a Donor Advised Fund through the Marin Community Foundation. This fund is overseen by the FFF Advisory Committee, which includes over 25 senior scholars and administrators who specialize in evaluation, including numerous former presidents of the American Evaluation Association. This group of individuals is responsible for soliciting, reviewing and recommending grant applications and will have significant overall input to the Fund and its future.