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presentation Apr 2013
Evaluation in Foundations: 2012 Benchmarking Data
This presentation, developed for the 2012 Evaluation Roundtable convening, examines how foundations structure their evaluation and learning functions, invest in evaluative activities, and use evaluative information. Findings are based on surveys from 31 foundations with a strong commitment to evaluation – and 38 foundations that participated in interviews.
publication Mar 2013
The Art of the Nudge: Five Practices for Developmental Evaluators
Conventional program evaluation is a poor fit for the uncertain and emergent nature of innovative and complex initiatives. Developmental evaluation offers an alternative. This article offers five practices to help developmental evaluators detect and support opportunities for learning and adaptation leading to right-timed feedback.
publication Jan 2013
Benchmarking Evaluation in Foundations: Do We Know What We Are Doing?
Evaluation in philanthropy--with staff assigned to evaluation-related responsibilities--began in the 1970s and has evolved, along with philanthropy, in the decades since. This Foundation Review article presents findings, based on 2012 research, about what foundations are doing on evaluation and discusses their implications.
presentation Dec 2012
Strategy Implementation Addressing the Disconnect between Decisions and Data: 2012 Evaluation Roundtable Convening
Drawing on benchmarking data gathered from the Evaluation Roundtable network, this presentation examines organizational barriers to learning from strategies, warns against cognitive traps that hinder learning and decision-making, and describes approaches to avoid or counteract those traps. It explores how the culture and role of evaluation in foundations can disconnect learning from strategy.
publication Nov 2012
Evaluation for Models and Adaptive Initiatives
This Foundation Review article outlines the difference between evaluation for two main types of grantmaking programs: models, which provide replicable or semi-standardized solutions, and adaptive initiatives, which are flexible programming strategies used to address problems that require unique, context-based solutions.
publication Nov 2012
Civil Partnership and Ireland: How a Minority Achieved a Majority
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network played a crucial role in working toward marriage equality in Ireland. This advocacy case study offers a chronological account of how advocacy for civil partnership legislation unfolded, critical elements of the advocacy strategy, and transferable lessons for advocates and funders.
publication Oct 2012
Strategic Learning in Practice: Tools to Create the Space & Structure for Learning
Evaluation that supports strategic learning applies evaluation findings as well as non-evaluation data in order to improve strategy. This brief describes practical steps for designing and using theories of change and strategic learning debriefs as tools for creating the space and structure required for strategic learning.
publication Aug 2012
Advocacy & Public Policy Grantmaking: Matching Process to Purpose
How should foundations approach their advocacy and public policy grantmaking? This report offers three options and explores what it means for foundations to design grantmaking that builds the capacity and influence of an advocacy field.
publication Aug 2012
Evaluating Social Innovation
Common evaluation approaches and practices can constrain the kind of continuous learning and adaptation that is necessary for innovation. This brief offers lessons about an emerging evaluation approach—developmental evaluation—which supports the adaptation that is so crucial to innovation.
publication Feb 2012
Shaking the Tree: Evaluating Programs that Combine Services and Advocacy
Monitoring and evaluation strategies can demonstrate accountability and deliver results to stakeholders—both upwards to donors and downwards to the individuals providers serve. This brief examines how service delivery organizations conducting advocacy should think about monitoring and evaluating their work.
publication Jan 2012
Best Practices and Emerging Trends in Advocacy Grantmaking
Foundations make many choices in designing and supporting advocacy portfolios. Best practices can guide this work.
publication Sep 2011
Advocacy Evaluation Case Study: The Chalkboard Project
An evaluation of a civic engagement and advocacy effort in Oregon offered an opportunity to incorporate both retrospective and prospective approaches and new advocacy evaluation tools. It is a case example of how evaluation can support strategic learning among advocates.