Micro Pro Bono Advice Request

Many Advisory Board members are generously offering unpaid email, phone or video micro-services to those who need them. Specifically, if you send in a request to FasterForwardFund@gmail.com, headed “Micro Pro Bono Advice Request”  explaining what kind of advice about evaluation you need, why you need it, and who on the Advisory Board you’d like to get it from, then we’ll forward it to that person, or an alternative you or we suggest.

Your adviser or our staff will then email you a time window when you can call your adviser on a free service like Skype. Our advisers can typically give advice about specific quest­ions, e.g., how to frame the high-level evaluation questions you’ll need to address, and what to look for in an evaluation team with the skill sets to answer them; understanding the main alternatives you should consider as evaluation approaches; ballparking the kind of time or budget allowance for evaluation services that might be approp­riate; what ‘program logic’ means, what to do when you don’t have baseline data for the time when the intervention began.

The donors are not offering to be a continuing source of help, just a ‘get-started’ or ‘crisis-helping’ source, so they can’t be assumed to be willing to talk to you more than once, or for more than an hour on that occasion. Our main idea is simply to help people think­ing about using evaluation to be realistic about what that involves or might yield. (But doing this may set an example that could expand e.g., into a Pro Bono Registry, or at least be replic­ated by other groups.) And don’t assume that specific suggestions from one individual, either in the content of this document or in advice from any of our pro bono advisers are guarantees of support from 3F as a whole, which of course would require specific discussion by the whole Advisory Committee.

Your adviser or our staff will email you a time window when you can call your adviser on a free service like Skype. Our advisers can typically answer specific quest­ions, e.g., what kind of time or budget allowance for evaluation services might be approp­riate, what ‘program logic’ means, what to do when you don’t have baseline data for the time when the intervention began. They are not offering to be a continuing source of help, just a ‘get-started’ or ‘crisis-helping’ source, so they can’t be assumed to be willing to talk to you more than once, or for more than an hour on that occasion.

Our main idea is to help people think­ing about using evaluation to be realistic about what that involves or might yield. (And some of us hope to set an example by doing this that might expand e.g., into a Pro Bono registry, or be replicated by others.)