About Us

Partners are our key collaborators and contributors. We are always looking for opportunities to partner with others.

As a practioner and someone who wants to influence the purpose and values that ground evaluative practice in philanthropy, CEI has been an invaluable resource and colleague. Who they are in this work is as meaningful to me as what they do.

Jara Dean-Coffey, Equitable Evaluation Initiative and Luminare Group

Equitable Evaluation Initiative
We are a field partner and amplifier for the Equitable Evaluation Initiative, which is shifting the evaluation paradigm in the social sector so that evaluation becomes a tool for and of equity. We are collaborating on building equitable evaluation demand and capacity among evaluation leaders working in philanthropy.


Social Insights Research
We partner with Social Insights Research on the evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Power initiative. This women-of-color-led firm is aiming to shift the evaluation paradigm by using mixed methodologies that go beyond counting hours, people, and dollars. Social Insights works to decolonize evaluation and research in partnership with organizations that resource and center marginalized populations.


Center on the Ecology of Early Development
We are partnering with CEED at Boston University in the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development on an evaluation of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded projects to support state advocacy infrastructure to advance equitable access to Head Start and IDEA. CEED believes in the tenacious and resilient spirit of Black children and their families, and conducts research to empower families and community members caring for Black children. 


Engage R+D
We are working with Engage R+D on a developmental evaluation of the Art for Justice Fund, which connects the generosity of art collectors with the creativity of artists and the ingenuity of advocates to help solve the crisis of mass incarceration. As evaluation partners, we bring to this unique effort a shared passion for social justice and participatory evaluation, experience supporting complex philanthropic initiatives, and communications and methodological creativity.