publication Sep 2023
Using Developmental Evaluation to Support Adaptive Strategies: An Application from a Social Change Initiative
The chapter, authored by and written from the perspective of both strategists and evaluators, describes the methods used, how the evaluation informed strategy, and reections and lessons on the developmental evaluation experience and approach.
insight Aug 2023
Using Discourse Analysis to Assess Narrative Change: Humanistic Methods
Discourse analysis is a valuable tool for understanding sociocultural narratives and learning how they can strengthen social justice efforts to work toward lasting change. The humanities offer a useful suite of methods for evaluating and contributing to the work of narrative change.
publication Aug 2023
Supporting Advocacy Ecosystems to Build Power
Organizers need the support of other actors—professional advocates, think tanks and policy shops, researchers, communications firms, funders, evaluators, and others—to recognize the critical role of organizing and to share the long-term goal of building people power.
insight Jul 2023
An Advocate’s Takeaways on Advocacy Evaluation Practices and Needs
A long-time advocate and advocacy evaluation trainer offers three takeaways about advocates' evaluation practices, priorities, and needs.
publication Jun 2023
Amplifying Nonprofit Voices: Bridging the Advocacy Evaluation Gap
To better understand advocates’ perspectives and bridge the gap between their evaluation needs and the field of evaluation practice, this research surveyed U.S. nonprofit advocates and recommends six ways that the advocacy evaluation field can shift toward more advocate-focused practice.
publication May 2023
Toward Power-Shifting Solidarity with Black-Led Change
This research considers the question: What will it take for institutional philanthropy in MN and beyond to move at the speed of courage and invest wholly in Black lives?
insight Apr 2023
What should we benchmark about learning and evaluation work in philanthropy?
Findings from our fall listening sessions and what we will explore more deeply in our benchmarking research.
insight Apr 2023
Gazing inward as we align with our values
CEI is shifting how we approach our benchmarking research on learning and evaluation in philanthropy so that it can better support the sector’s efforts to advance racial equity and justice.
publication Feb 2023
Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power
CEI partnered with the Center on the Ecology of Early Development to evaluate two projects that supported state policy advocates in advancing equity by centering parents in their early childhood advocacy efforts. This report offers findings on the approach states used, the progress they made, and the barriers they encountered.
publication Nov 2022
How to do Process Tracing: A Method for Testing “How Change Happened” in Complex and Dynamic Settings
Process tracing is a causal methodology that can help us to understand how change actually happened within a complex dynamic environment.
insight Aug 2022
Community in Philanthropy: What it is, why we need it, and how we can build it
If we are to meet justice, then we need to hold ourselves accountable in an environment that asks very little of us, and to support and encourage each other when our surroundings try to pull us back toward a status quo.
publication Jul 2022
A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations
Foundations are systems. They have their own cultures and related assumptions, norms, standards, and practices. We encourage foundations to take stock of their learning needs with a dispassionate (evaluative) look at themselves as systems and how people work within them.