Recent Publications

The State of Network Evaluation

Network Impact and CEI offer the field’s current thinking on network evaluation frameworks, approaches, and tools. 

July, 2014

Evaluating Networks for Social Change: A Casebook

Network Impact and CEI profile nine evaluations of network effectiveness, offering practical assessment approaches that fit with how networks develop and function.

July, 2014

How Shortcuts Cut Us Short: Cognitive Traps in Philanthropic Decision Making

Tanya Beer and Julia Coffman highlight common cognitive traps that can trip up philanthropic decision making, and suggest straightforward steps to counteract them. 

Tanya Beer and Julia Coffman
May, 2014

Evaluation for Strategic Learning: Assessing Readiness and Results

Anna Williams explores organizational preparedness and situational suitability for evaluation that supports strategic learning, and how to understand if this type of evaluation is working.  

Anna Williams
March, 2014

Monitoring and Evaluation for Human Rights Organizations: Three Case Studies

Provides concrete examples of how to tackle the unique challenges of evaluating human rights work.

Rhonda Schlangen
January, 2014

Pathways for Change: 10 Theories to Inform Advocacy and Policy Change Efforts

This brief produced in collaboration with ORS Impact summarizes 10 theories grounded in social science about how policy change happens.

Sarah Stachowiak
November, 2013

Benchmarking Evaluation in Foundations: Do We Know What We Are Doing?

This journal article offers eight findings based on 2012 research about the positioning, resourcing, and function of evaluation in foundations. 

Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer, Patricia Patrizi, and Elizabeth Heid Thompson
July, 2013

Evaluation in Foundations: 2012 Benchmarking Data

This report for The Evaluation Roundtable examines how foundations structure their evaluation function, invest in evaluative activities, and use evaluative information.

Center for Evaluation Innovation
April, 2013