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  • Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy Graphic with state shapes with acronym SCAN

    publication Oct 2021

    Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy

    Using an evaluative method called contribution analysis, we developed a “contribution story” that assesses SCAN’s contribution to a key ECE policy outcome or win in each state: New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Kat Athanasiades, Julia Coffman

    Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy
  • publication Aug 2021

    Holding Foundations Accountable for Equity Commitments

    Philanthropy needs to transform the structures and processes through which foundations hold power, including how they conceive of and operationalize accountability through their approaches to strategy development, evaluation, and grantee reporting and monitoring.

    By Tanya Beer, Patti Patrizi, Julia Coffman

    Holding Foundations Accountable for Equity Commitments
  • insight Jun 2021

    Center for Evaluation Innovation Receives Historic Grant from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

    Washington, DC (June 15, 2021) — Today, Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI) announced they are the recipients of a historic contribution from novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The grant, a part of Scott’s $2.7 billion investment in equity-oriented organizations, will help CEI guide the philanthropic sector to use its power to create a just, multiracial … Continued

    Center for Evaluation Innovation Receives Historic Grant from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
  • publication May 2021

    How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World?

    This article offers raw qualitative data as a supplement to the 2021 article authored by Michael Quinn Patton and published in the American Journal of Evaluation titled: "How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World? Redux, Update, and a Reflective Practice Facilitation Tool."

    By Michael Quinn Patton

    How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World?
  • publication Apr 2021

    Advocacy that Builds Power: Transforming Policies and Systems for Health and Racial Equity

    While getting policy wins and systems changes is important, what does it mean to center impacted communities as the drivers of change? What does it mean to make building their power the ultimate goal of advocacy work? What does it require of the broader ecosystem of advocacy actors who also are involved in the work? CEI's evaluation report of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative explores these questions and more.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Julia Coffman, Gigi Barsoum, Albertina Lopez

    Advocacy that Builds Power: Transforming Policies and Systems for Health and Racial Equity
  • insight Apr 2021

    CEI Announces Chera Reid as New Co-Executive Director

    Chera, formerly Director of the Evaluation Roundtable within CEI, is a champion of philanthropic learning and evaluation, particularly in service to racial equity and justice. The new co-leadership structure aligns with the organization-wide shift toward using evaluation and learning to increase racial equity within the historically white-led field of philanthropy.

    CEI Announces Chera Reid as New Co-Executive Director
  • 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 Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Ben Liadsky, Andrew Taylor, 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, Kurian Thomas, Anne Cullen Puente

    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