We believe strongly in transparency and accountability, which is why Teach For America encourages rigorous independent evaluations of our program. Our mission is too important to operate in any other way.
But the other notion is, we also believe that those folks closest on the ground that we're holding accountable for the results can decide, and ought to evaluate which programs get results.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.