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
Dr. Chera Reid is the New Leader of the Evaluation Roundtable
Chera takes over the Roundtable’s leadership at a pivotal time in its evolution. Going forward, the Evaluation Roundtable will focus on organizing participants to influence the philosophy and norms of practice in philanthropy so that evaluation and learning help to advance racial equity and justice.
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?
presentation Jul 2020
Re-Thinking How We Work with Boards on Evaluation and Learning
Most board room routines are based on the mental model that social change is a technocratic problem-solving endeavor. So we incentivize and reward staff who project a degree of certainty about how social change happens that's just not real because the change process is much more complex.
insight Jun 2020
It’s Time to Let Go of Tired Narratives about Talent in Evaluation
Social sector conversations about talent often focus on increasing diversity, building skillsets, and improving hiring and management. But to solve tough social problems, we need to let go of tired narratives about talent and work together to dismantle oppression in the evaluation field.
insight Jun 2020
We stand with our Black colleagues, friends, and loved ones
It is our responsibility to try to mend the damage we and our profession have wrought, and to work with others to rethink evaluation’s purpose and positioning in the sector so that it advances equity instead of helps to keep inequity rooted in place.
presentation May 2020
Why is Evaluation So White?
In this presentation, Vidhya Shanker, PhD, and Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, MPH, explore how the field of evaluation has approached race, the implications of that approach, and the promise of generative networks to amplify the work of evaluators who identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Color (IBPOC), as illustrated by one such network recently formed in Minnesota.