Resources

  • publication Jan 2016

    The Shaping of Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    This teaching case tells the story of the evolution of the evaluation function at the Hewlett Foundation from 2000 to 2015. It is as much the story of how one foundation’s culture shaped that evolution as it is how key leaders influenced the use of evaluation.

    By Susan Parker

    The Shaping of Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • publication Jul 2015

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications

    What are success factors in building a network? What should funders support when they design network grants? How can network builders and funders tell how well a network is doing? This Foundation Review article offers a three-pillar framework for evaluating networks focused on network connectivity, health, and results. 

    By Madeleine Taylor, Anne Whatley, Julia Coffman

    Network Evaluation in Practice: Approaches and Applications
  • publication Jul 2015

    Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies

    Foundations need processes and tools to create and implement adaptive strategies while also addressing the core dilemmas these strategies create. This Foundation Review article offers tools to help foundations design adaptive strategies, and ideas for balancing accountability with adaptability. 

    By Erica Snow, Jewlya Lynn, Tanya Beer

    Strategy Design Amid Complexity: Tools for Designing and Implementing Adaptive Funding Strategies
  • publication Mar 2015

    The Advocacy Strategy Framework

    Our most downloaded resource, this brief offers a simple one-page tool for thinking about the theories of change that underlie public policy advocacy strategies. It also offers six questions that advocates, and funders working with advocates, can work through to better articulate their theories of change.

    By Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer

    The Advocacy Strategy Framework
  • publication Mar 2015

    Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts

    Advocacy takes place in a complex and crowded political environment with many organizations trying to move policy on the same issue at the same time. This brief offers four tools that funders can use to get a better handle on a grantee’s contribution to an advocacy effort. 

    By Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer

    Four Tools for Assessing Grantee Contribution to Advocacy Efforts
  • publication Jan 2015

    Field of Themes: Five Early Lessons from an Innovative Advocacy Approach

    Many public policy issues are so expansive and complex that they cannot be boiled down to a specific targeted strategy and require a different approach--field building. This article offers lessons about developing and deploying an advocacy field building initiative from a program officer’s perspective. 

    By Scott Downes

    Field of Themes: Five Early Lessons from an Innovative Advocacy Approach
  • publication Sep 2014

    Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields

    Funders engaged in advocacy field building have different evaluation needs than those that aim to build specific advocacy capacities or advance a particular policy change. This resource brings together emerging ideas about how to assess advocacy fields and evaluate advocacy field-building initiatives. 

    By Jewlya Lynn

    Assessing and Evaluating Change in Advocacy Fields
  • publication Jul 2014

    The State of Network Evaluation: Framing Paper

    Many in the social-change sector are recognizing the potential power of networks for achieving social change. But how do you evaluate them? This paper examines the field’s thinking on network evaluation frameworks, approaches, and tools.

    By Madeleine Taylor, Anne Whatley, Julia Coffman

    The State of Network Evaluation: Framing Paper
  • publication Jul 2014

    A Practical Guide to Evaluating Systems Change in a Human Services System Context

    A consensus has grown in the public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors that we must use systems change approaches to effectively address society’s most intractable challenges. Evaluating systems change efforts can be messy, if not outright overwhelming. This guide offers a pragmatic framework. 

    By Nancy Latham

    A Practical Guide to Evaluating Systems Change in a Human Services System Context
  • publication Jul 2014

    Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook

    This casebook profiles nine evaluations of network effectiveness that are designed to fit with how networks develop and function.

    By Madeleine Taylor, Peter Plastrik, Julia Coffman, Anne Whatley

    Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook
  • presentation Jul 2014

    Evaluation and Learning for Aligned Action: 2014 Evaluation Roundtable Convening

    This presentation provides the context for the 2014 Evaluation Roundtable convening, as well as discussion outlines, benchmarking data, case examples, and key lessons and implications for evaluation and learning. 

    By Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer

    Evaluation and Learning for Aligned Action: 2014 Evaluation Roundtable Convening
  • publication Jul 2014

    First Among Equals: The Evaluation of the McConnell Foundation Social Innovation Generation Initiative

    This teaching case explores both the real and potential evaluation of a foundation strategy focused on social innovation in Canada. 

    By Susan Parker

    First Among Equals: The Evaluation of the McConnell Foundation Social Innovation Generation Initiative