The Art of the Nudge: Five Practices for Developmental Evaluators

  • Marc Langlois Academy 12
  • Natasha Blanchet-Cohen Concordia University
  • Tanya Beer Center for evaluation innovation


This article focuses on developmental evaluation, based on an action research study involving a group of developmental evaluators in a three-year comprehensive community initiative on youth and community change. The study presents five practices found central to the art of the nudge: (1) practicing servant leadership; (2) sensing program energy; (3) supporting common spaces; (4) untying knots iteratively; and, (5) paying attention to structure. These practices can help developmental evaluators detect and support opportunities for learning and adaptation leading to right-timed feedback.


Author Biographies

Marc Langlois, Academy 12
PhD candidate, Consultant
Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Concordia University
Assistant professor
Tanya Beer, Center for evaluation innovation
Associate Director