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The Evaluation Roundtable is a network of foundation leaders that aims to improve evaluation and learning practice in philanthropy.

Founded in 1989, the network includes leaders from over 100 foundations in the U.S. and Canada. It is a preeminent resource for information and ideas on how foundations approach evaluation and learning.


The network is based on the idea that helping people connect deeply with new ideas and with each other will speed the development and spread of solutions to evaluation challenges in philanthropy. Through joint problem solving and knowledge creation, participants join forces in making sense of and addressing dilemmas they face individually or collectively.

We lead and support the Evaluation Roundtable.

We offer resources and opportunities that introduce cutting-edge ideas and help participants to refine and deepen their thinking and practice together. We help evaluation leaders to grapple with common challenges and solutions, debate provocative questions, and develop a shared repertoire of principles, approaches, and resources for increasing evaluation quality and use.  

Upcoming Event

Lab for Learning

May 15-16, 2019 New York City

CEI and Jane Reisman, Ph.D. have been co-leading an effort to support more dynamic learning in philanthropy. Our goal has been to produce actionable guidance for foundation staff who are responsible for supporting learning both internally and externally. Because we believe that foundation staff learn best with their peers, we designed a peer-based lab experience that supports experimentation across a variety of foundations. Participants are encouraged to build the foundation’s capacity on learning habits and then use system levers to create an organizational culture that supports those habits. The year-long “Lab for Learning” has included a dozen foundation leaders actively testing ideas for supporting learning, and then sharing those experiences with their peers.

Recent Roundtable Resources