We believe one of the most radical things we can do is to connect people. New introductions spark change. We organize formal and informal opportunities to convene foundation leaders and evaluators so that they can learn from each other and accomplish more together.
Our Work in Action
Evaluation Roundtable Convenings
We convene the Evaluation Roundtable network every 18 months for in-person peer learning around a particular theme. Every convening features the use of teaching cases, or factual stories of one foundation’s in-depth experiences related to the convening theme. Stories highlight important challenges that confront foundations in their evaluation work and put readers in the role of decision makers who are confronted with problems and options for solutions as the story unfolds. When taught during Roundtable convenings, cases promote sound judgment, astute situational analysis, critical thinking, and creativity.
Equitable Evaluation Convening
Alongside our partners at the , we are committed to building a more equitable evaluation field that uses evaluation as a tool for advancing equity. With and the , we helped to launch this initiative with field research that produced and a convening of evaluators and funders to vet and add to them.
Lab for Learning
With support from the and in collaboration with colleague Jane Reisman, we designed a year-long series of convenings to support a cohort of 15 foundations working to address systemic barriers to learning. Our goal is to produce practical and actionable guidance for foundation staff who support learning internally in foundations and externally with grantees and other partners. Convened several times both in-person and virtually, the lab requires cohort participants to experiment with ideas for supporting learning in their own settings and then share their experiences with the group.