Resources

  • 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.

    By Ben Liadsky, Andrew Taylor, Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer, Albertina Lopez

    Approaches to Learning Amid Crises: Reflections from Philanthropy
  • 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.

    By Laura Hopkins

    Tools and Tips for Implementing Contribution Analysis
  • 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.

    By Tanya Beer, Susan Parker, Anne Cullen Puente, Kurian Thomas

    Co-creating our story: A hybrid participatory case approach to evaluating and accelerating organizational change
  • event Dec 2020

    American Evaluation Association (2020)

    CEI staff presented at the virtual American Evaluation Association conference in October 2020.

    American Evaluation Association (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.

    By Emily Bango, Chera Reid

    Q&A: Washington Evaluators in conversation with Dr. Chera Reid
  • presentation Oct 2020

    ACE Evaluation Network Webinar Series

    Learn about the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network

    By London Losey, Karla Mendez

    ACE Evaluation Network Webinar Series
  • 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.

    Dr. Chera Reid is the New Leader of the Evaluation Roundtable
  • 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?

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Jane Reisman, Ben Liadsky, Andrew Taylor

    Can Foundations Radically Transform How They Learn?
  • 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.

    By Tanya Beer

    Re-Thinking How We Work with Boards on Evaluation and Learning
  • 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.

    By Clare Nolan

    It’s Time to Let Go of Tired Narratives about Talent in Evaluation
  • 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.

    By Tanya Beer, Mariah Brothe Gantz, Kat Athanasiades, Julia Coffman, Albertina Lopez

    We stand with our Black colleagues, friends, and loved ones
  • 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.

    By Vidhya Shanker, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo

    Why is Evaluation So White?