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The Learning Conference 2013

June 3–4, 2013

Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami, FL

Short Talk 3: Made to Measure?

Monday, June 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM–2:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Concerto A
Session Designer

Udaya Patnaik, Jump Associates

Session Description

Taking their cue from the for-profit world, many grantmakers have invested heavily in metrics and evaluation. Sometimes it has spurred good outcomes or helped a CEO, trustee or program officer fill in a dashboard or legitimize a decision. Other times it has simply created more data that lacks meaning. Many corporations have rethought what they measure and why, even reducing their scorecards to one metric. Many private sector organizations now use a variety of different methods, measures and data, each for very different purposes. Udaya Patnaik will explore what we can learn from such efforts to help rethink the role of evaluation for philanthropy.

Session Type

Short Talk


Udaya Patnaik, Jump Associates

Udaya Patnaik is a founder and principal of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm. Jump helps companies create new businesses and reinvent existing ones, and helps government, foundations and nonprofits increase their impact. Patnaik helps clients manage innovation, create and commercialize new businesses, and transform organizations. He uses skills in systems thinking, facilitation and roadmapping to advise executives in technology, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, philanthropy and retail. Over the years, Patnaik has had the privilege of working with leaders at GE, Target, Harley-Davidson and FedEx to solve long term strategy issues while delivering rapid results. He is a frequent speaker on using innovation to drive growth. Prior to Jump, Patnaik worked for a nonprofit community and economic development firm, providing technical assistance in finance, policy and systems improvement. He has taught at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and holds a degree in civil engineering, also from Stanford.