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  • 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
  • insight Jun 2019

    It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities

    Advocacy evaluators need to reckon with evaluating 501(c)(4) tactics, otherwise we will find ourselves unable to speak meaningfully to the progress and setbacks our clients experience.

    By Kat Athanasiades

    It’s Time to Evaluate 501(c)(4) Activities
  • event Jun 2019

    Transitions and Transformations for Evaluation’s Role in Philanthropy

    The 2019 Evaluation Roundtable convening explored how evaluation leaders—working within or with foundations—can manage change not just defensively, but proactively and productively.

    Transitions and Transformations for Evaluation’s Role in Philanthropy
  • publication Jun 2019

    When Opportunity Knocks, Open the Door: Evaluation Amidst Transition at the Colorado Health Foundation

    The Colorado Health Foundation experienced multiple organizational transitions in a short period of time, including two strategy redesigns, culture and values shifts, new expectations and assumption about roles and performance, and a new CEO. This teaching case invites reflection on the role of evaluation staff and consultants amidst the uncertainty and ambiguity of organizational change.

    When Opportunity Knocks, Open the Door: Evaluation Amidst Transition at the Colorado Health Foundation
  • publication Mar 2019

    No Royal Road: Finding and Following the Natural Pathways in Advocacy Evaluation

    As efforts at driving change become more diffuse, involve more actors, and have more transformational goals, we need a radically different approach to thinking about and assessing effective advocacy. Clear answers, certain judgments, and simple tools won't result in good representations of reality. This brief proposes ideas for adjusting how we approach advocacy monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

    No Royal Road: Finding and Following the Natural Pathways in Advocacy Evaluation
  • insight Jun 2018

    5-A-Day: Learning By Force of Habit

    Establishing a learning organization or culture is such a big goal that it can overwhelm our ability to act on it. This piece, published on Medium, explores how building learning habits into common routines makes it more manageable, and creates small wins that can lead to big change. Focusing on habits ensures that learning is not a separate activity, but rather is integrated into our day-to-day work.

    By Julia Coffman

    5-A-Day: Learning By Force of Habit
  • insight Jun 2018

    Precipitating Events and Rewards in Making a Habit of Learning

    Better habits around learning are critical to improving philanthropic practice. This piece looks at what needs to happen before and after habit change to make a new way of working stick.

    By Kat Athanasiades

    Precipitating Events and Rewards in Making a Habit of Learning