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.
event Nov 2022
AEA Conference 2022
CEI was at the 2022 American Evaluation Association conference in New Orleans, with the theme: (Re)Shaping Evaluation Together. Check out our sessions and related presentations and handouts.
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.
publication Mar 2022
Toward a Trust-Based Framework for Learning and Evaluation
What if we reimagined evaluation as an opportunity for funders to learn and evolve as stewards, rather than taking on the narrow–and virtually impossible–task of proving that limited grants make a measurable impact on longstanding, complex social issues?
insight Feb 2022
How To Center Equity in Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation
NationSwell convened a panel of experts to talk about how organizations should think about equity when engaging with measurement, learning, and evaluation.
publication Jan 2022
Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy
Causal analysis is not just for controlled programmatic work, it is also for dynamic and emergent strategies that include network building, field building, advocacy, organizing, or movements.
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.
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