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Evaluating “Occupy Wall Street”

Publication date: 
October, 2011

This Just Philanthropy blog post focuses on "the confluence of philanthropy, justice and evaluation," puts forward three criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of this particular movement at this particular point in time.

As this blog  is active at the confluence of philanthropy, justice, and evaluation, it would seem the OWS movement is fair game for discussion.  Though OWS has allegedly fuzzy goals and no apparent management structure as traditionally understood, does that mean it can’t be evaluated?   No.

In the spirit of advancing the state of the art of evaluating social change movements (a very undeveloped art at this point), I would put forward three criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of this particular movement at this particular point in time.  I base these solely on my own understanding of OWS as gleaned from the media and reading the signs, and not any insider knowledge.