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We are strengthening the field of evaluation in philanthropy.

Our role is to be a provocateur and to challenge evaluation leadersboth within foundations and those supporting foundations from the outside—to adopt practices that add more value to social change efforts. 
We operate in the strategic space between philanthropy-serving organizations and evaluation firms that work in philanthropy. We support foundations that commit resources to evaluation and learning, while engaging in projects that allow us to test new ideas in practice. 

We have a field-building agenda that connects all of the work that we do and helps us to prioritize. 

Our agenda is based on our assessment of what the field needs in order to better meet its potential. It shifts over time and is based on our research and experience in the sector. 

We have open and supportive relationships with other evaluators working in philanthropy. We are not proprietary and we encourage sharing that leads to field-wide advancement. 

We try to avoid competing with other groups for evaluation resources and keep our staffing lean so that we can collaborateThe foundations and evaluators we work with are creators, testers, and ambassadors of new ideas, helping to spread them in the sector.

"Evaluation is only partly about data. It's also about people. Julia, Tanya, and their team excel at making real data meaningful to real people in real time. On the leading edge, they combine theory and practice, merging conventional basics with new directions. They bring data and people together, in the present to inform the future."

Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization-Focused Evaluation