Stefan Hostetter is an environmentalist, storyteller, and community builder, who is currently working with the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in Toronto as the Community Manager of CSI Spadina.

In this week’s episode, we examine how doing evaluation can generate some uncomfortable answers – and how facing those realities can be tough! Perhaps if the evaluation isn’t dangerous, it isn’t worth doing.

We also talk about evaluation and environmentalism, what it means to do a better evaluation (and who has the power to make that happen) and the Sustainable Development Goals, and explore how to be mindful of the complexity of today’s world and act accordingly.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) – Toronto’s co-working space and community hub for the social mission sector since 2003, now home to over 2,500 members across five locations

The Green Majority – Stefan’s nationally syndicated radio show that covers environmental topics

The Stories We Don’t Tell – Stefan’s monthly storytelling series and podcast that dives into the parts of people’s lives society often is happy to leave untold.

Better Evaluation – An international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing and generating information about methods and approaches.


Music: Wavy Glass by Podington Bear. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Find Podington Bear and other artists atFree Music Archive. This podcast was created by  on the Useful Evaluation Podcast in cooperation with Twelve Canada.