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  • presentation Feb 2020

    How should foundations approach performance measurement with emergent and complex strategies? [Webinar]

    Learn about four types of strategies—niche, integrated, emergent, and ecosystem—and the types of performance measurement and accountability systems best suited to each.

    By Alnoor Ebrahim

    How should foundations approach performance measurement with emergent and complex strategies? [Webinar]
  • publication Feb 2020

    Upcoming Changes for the Evaluation Roundtable

    The Evaluation Roundtable's goal, model, and leadership will be changing in 2020.

    By Julia Coffman

    Upcoming Changes for the Evaluation Roundtable
  • Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020

    publication Jan 2020

    Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020

    What does foundation evaluation look like today? Is it adapting to meet the changing needs of the sector and society?

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

    Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020
  • insight Dec 2019

    The Realm of Possibility in Evaluation

    It is possible to get more from evaluation, and it starts by challenging our own habits.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz

    The Realm of Possibility in Evaluation
  • insight Oct 2019

    How Leaders Affect Evaluation Capacity Building in Foundations

    Regardless of intent, foundation leaders can substantially harm or strengthen evaluation capacity building in their organizations. We can add value if we know how and why.

    By Albertina Lopez

    How Leaders Affect Evaluation Capacity Building in Foundations
  • insight Oct 2019

    Funders are from Mars, Consultants are from Venus

    If we want evaluation to add real value to social change efforts, both funders and evaluation consultants have to re-examine their roles and how they relate.

    By Julia Coffman

    Funders are from Mars, Consultants are from Venus
  • insight Oct 2019

    Ties That Bind: A Values-Driven Approach to Evolving Evaluative Practice

    A growing number of new initiatives are seeking to transform philanthropic evaluation in ways that can better support them and the social change they are after. We represent three of these efforts.

    By Meg Long, Julia Coffman, Jara Dean-Coffey, Clare Nolan

    Ties That Bind: A Values-Driven Approach to Evolving Evaluative Practice
  • insight Oct 2019

    Equitable Evaluation Framework Applies to all Evaluation

    It can be hard to understand how equitable evaluation applies to any evaluation, even for strategies that do not explicitly focus on advancing equity. Julia Coffman writes about her “aha” moment, when she realized that equitable evaluation should be at the center of all of her work.

    By Julia Coffman

    Equitable Evaluation Framework Applies to all Evaluation
  • insight Oct 2019

    What Will it Take for Philanthropy to Learn?

    Learning leaders from fourteen foundations participated in a year-long "Lab for Learning" to experiment with and test ideas for supporting learning in foundations. Several “ground truths” guided this work.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Jane Reisman, Haley Millet, Aparna Rae

    What Will it Take for Philanthropy to Learn?
  • presentation Jul 2019

    How to Ask Powerful Questions [Webinar]

    The kinds of questions we often pose — Did the intervention work? What are we learning about a particular issue? — may lead to information that is a useful input into learning, but they often don’t help us determine what to do next. This webinar shows us how to ask questions that, if answered, will make a difference in how we do our work.

    By Tanya Beer

    How to Ask Powerful Questions [Webinar]
  • insight Jul 2019

    Are you really ready for developmental evaluation? You may have to get out of your own way.

    Developmental evaluation can create anxieties and disappointments for evaluation commissioners and evaluators who apply conventional evaluation routines to an evaluation endeavor that is fundamentally different.

    By Tanya Beer

    Are you really ready for developmental evaluation? You may have to get out of your own way.
  • publication Jun 2019

    When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense

    With advocacy, a “win” can mean avoiding a disadvantageous policy or holding the line on past wins. This brief covers how advocates conceptualize five different types of defense, and how to think about defense-specific outcomes, impact, and evaluation.

    When the Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Measuring Advocacy on the Defense