Mission:

SEE PART III, LINE 1.


 www.evidenceaction.org
 |  1101 K ST NW STE 900 Washington DC 20005-4264

Evidence Action Inc. is headquartered in Washington, DC, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 90-0874591.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is International Relief within the International, Foreign Affairs and National Security category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2013.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Overall Score (BETA)

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

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Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.


Finance & Accountability Score (BETA)

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

6/7 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.00%

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue

$35,786,019

Charity Navigator doesn’t evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V1. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.

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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

92.54%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

6/7 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

Audited

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.00%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component


Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score (BETA)

100

out of 100

This charity is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$0.50 provides clean water to a person for a year.


Framework

Impact Analysis

We use impact analysis to rate service delivery nonprofits. We are developing new frameworks for assessing advocacy, systems change and similar nonprofits.


Data Collector

ImpactMatters


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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Dispensers for Safe Water

Activities

Evidence Action distributes water purification systems to beneficiaries.

Program Type

Water Purification

Beneficiaries Served

People living in poverty

Program Geography

Sub-Saharan Africa

Time Period of Data

1/1/18 to 12/31/18


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits.

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

A year of clean water provided to a person.


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Output data collected during the program. Evidence Action publicly reports data on how many purifiers it distributes and how many people a purifier serves, which we use to calculate how many person-years of clean water a nonprofit provides.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the number of person-years of clean water the nonprofit provides by comparing the person-years actually achieved to the person-years that would have been achieved even in the absence of the nonprofit (the "counterfactual"). Some beneficiaries might have accessed clean water from other providers or on their own; these counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change in a person's life (gaining clean water) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data. We research the average rate with which clean water access is increasing year over year in that location, and assume that, if the nonprofit had not intervened, that trend would have continued.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Cost data reported by Evidence Action Inc. and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.


Cost Calculation

$4,285,899 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $4,285,899 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$4,285,899 total costs / 9,144,994 person-years of clean water = roughly $0.50 provides clean water to a person for a year.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of water purification programs are based on the cost to provide clean water relative to the market cost that a person incurs to buy water in that country. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they provide water for less than 75% of the estimated market costs, and a score of 75 if they do so for less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Highly cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Why We Could Be Wrong


  • The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using "person-years of clean water" as the metric of analysis does not capture differences in the water quantity, reliability and ease of access.
  • There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
  • The nonprofit may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
  • In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
  • Our estimates rely on data made public by the nonprofit on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
  • We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of the nonprofit.
  • We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of Evidence Action Inc. to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

Additional Information

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Evidence Action Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$10,391,633

Spent in most recent FY

54%

Percent of program expenses


DEWORM THE WORLD INITIATIVE: EVIDENCE ACTION'S DEWORM THE WORLD INITIATIVE HELPS TO TRANSLATE EVIDENCE INTO WIDESPREAD PRACTICE BY ADVOCATING FOR SCHOOL-BASED DEWORMING TO POLICYMAKERS AND PROVIDING T ... (More)


$4,250,591

Spent in most recent FY

22%

Percent of program expenses


DISPENSERS FOR SAFE WATER PROGRAM: CHLORINE DISPENSERS ARE AN INNOVATIVE, LOW-COST APPROACH PROVEN TO INCREASE RATES OF HOUSEHOLD CHLORINATION OF DRINKING WATER IN RURAL AREAS OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA. C ... (More)


$4,491,856

Spent in most recent FY

23%

Percent of program expenses


EVIDENCE ACTION BETA: EVIDENCE ACTION BETA IDENTIFIES AND PRESSURE-TESTS EVIDENCE-BASED INNOVATIONS THAT REDUCE THE BURDEN OF POVERTY, AND THEN DESIGNS AND BUILDS THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS FOR  ... (More)


GuideStar Seal of Transparency by Candid


GuideStar Seal not earned

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Note: GuideStar Seals do not effect the nonprofit’s Impact & Results Score.


GlobalGiving


GlobalGiving Badge not earned

GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. For donors, GlobalGiving provides an additional layer of vetting and due diligence for each of its nonprofit partners every two years, which may include site visit verification. Learn more about GlobalGiving.

Note: GlobalGiving Badges do not effect the nonprofit’s Impact & Results score.


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...   Culture & Community


Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s people operations, connectedness and engagement with the constituents and communities served, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion measures.


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