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publication Nov 2023
On Equity in Contracting with Small and Solo Local Evaluation Firms: An Open Letter to Funders
Standard funding and contracting practices often stand in the way of success for small, solo, and local firms. This open letter to funders explores the strengths of these firms and their roadblocks, and offers recommendations for creating the conditions for them to thrive.
publication Oct 2023
2023 Benchmarking Foundation Learning & Evaluation Practices
The most comprehensive review of evaluation and learning practices at foundations, this report offers benchmarking data on foundation learning and evaluation practices collected in 2023.
publication Sep 2023
Using Developmental Evaluation to Support Adaptive Strategies: An Application from a Social Change Initiative
The chapter, authored by and written from the perspective of both strategists and evaluators, describes the methods used, how the evaluation informed strategy, and reections and lessons on the developmental evaluation experience and approach.
publication Aug 2023
Supporting Advocacy Ecosystems to Build Power
Organizers need the support of other actors—professional advocates, think tanks and policy shops, researchers, communications firms, funders, evaluators, and others—to recognize the critical role of organizing and to share the long-term goal of building people power.
insight Apr 2023
What should we benchmark about learning and evaluation work in philanthropy?
Findings from our fall listening sessions and what we will explore more deeply in our benchmarking research.
insight Apr 2023
Gazing inward as we align with our values
CEI is shifting how we approach our benchmarking research on learning and evaluation in philanthropy so that it can better support the sector’s efforts to advance racial equity and justice.
publication Nov 2022
How to do Process Tracing: A Method for Testing “How Change Happened” in Complex and Dynamic Settings
Process tracing is a causal methodology that can help us to understand how change actually happened within a complex dynamic environment.
publication Jul 2022
A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations
Foundations are systems. They have their own cultures and related assumptions, norms, standards, and practices. We encourage foundations to take stock of their learning needs with a dispassionate (evaluative) look at themselves as systems and how people work within them.
publication Mar 2022
Toward a Trust-Based Framework for Learning and Evaluation
What if we reimagined evaluation as an opportunity for funders to learn and evolve as stewards, rather than taking on the narrow–and virtually impossible–task of proving that limited grants make a measurable impact on longstanding, complex social issues?
insight Feb 2022
How To Center Equity in Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation
NationSwell convened a panel of experts to talk about how organizations should think about equity when engaging with measurement, learning, and evaluation.
publication Nov 2021
We need to articulate our assumptions so that we can test them. Here’s a guide to help.
This four-page guidance defines assumptions, explains why it is critical to articulate them, and then offers a set of prompting questions to help elicit them. Examples are included.
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.