publication Nov 2021
We need to articulate our assumptions so that we can test them. Here’s a guide to help.
This four-page guidance defines assumptions, explains why it is critical to articulate them, and then offers a set of prompting questions to help elicit them. Examples are included.
publication Oct 2021
Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy
Using an evaluative method called contribution analysis, we developed a “contribution story” that assesses SCAN’s contribution to a key ECE policy outcome or win in each state: New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
publication Aug 2021
Holding Foundations Accountable for Equity Commitments
Philanthropy needs to transform the structures and processes through which foundations hold power, including how they conceive of and operationalize accountability through their approaches to strategy development, evaluation, and grantee reporting and monitoring.
publication May 2021
How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World?
This article offers raw qualitative data as a supplement to the 2021 article authored by Michael Quinn Patton and published in the American Journal of Evaluation titled: "How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World? Redux, Update, and a Reflective Practice Facilitation Tool."
publication Apr 2021
Advocacy that Builds Power: Transforming Policies and Systems for Health and Racial Equity
While getting policy wins and systems changes is important, what does it mean to center impacted communities as the drivers of change? What does it mean to make building their power the ultimate goal of advocacy work? What does it require of the broader ecosystem of advocacy actors who also are involved in the work? CEI's evaluation report of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative explores these questions and more.
publication Apr 2021
Approaches to Learning Amid Crises: Reflections from Philanthropy
Explore how foundations’ approaches to learning shaped their responses to the crises of 2020. In interviews with seven foundations from Canada and the U.S. in the summer and fall of 2020, the authors applied the lens of organizational learning to how each of these foundations made sense of their reality, asked different kinds of questions to inform their thinking, and acted in new or different ways as a result.
publication Mar 2021
Tools and Tips for Implementing Contribution Analysis
Get practical lessons on applying contribution analysis to advocacy impact evaluations, especially when dealing with time and resource constraints. Contribution analysis does not seek to "prove" the role of a particular actor or set of actors in bringing about change, but instead to develop a plausible, credible evidence-based narrative to answer causal questions about their influence.
publication Jan 2021
Co-creating our story: A hybrid participatory case approach to evaluating and accelerating organizational change
This brief describes an evaluative approach we took to an organizational change process at a foundation that could be useful to evaluators.
event Dec 2020
American Evaluation Association (2020)
CEI staff presented at the virtual American Evaluation Association conference in October 2020.
insight Nov 2020
Q&A: Washington Evaluators in conversation with Dr. Chera Reid
This conversation originally took place during an event hosted by Washington Evaluator members on November 5th, 2020, and is cross-posted at https://washingtonevaluators.org.
presentation Oct 2020
ACE Evaluation Network Webinar Series
Learn about the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network
insight Aug 2020
Can Foundations Radically Transform How They Learn?
In 2020, we are seeing some fundamental shifts in how foundations are operating and attempting to learn. How might we use our experience right now to understand something new about the organizational and sector conditions that are necessary to make real and honest learning and adaptation possible and in service to equity?