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  • publication May 2023

    Toward Power-Shifting Solidarity with Black-Led Change

    This research considers the question: What will it take for institutional philanthropy in MN and beyond to move at the speed of courage and invest wholly in Black lives?

    By Repa Mekha, Lyle Matthew Kanpez, Lulete Mola, Lori Villarosa, Dr. Chera Reid, Dr. Albertina Lopez, Chanda Smith Baker, Ben Francisco Maulbeck

    Toward Power-Shifting Solidarity with Black-Led Change
  • insight Apr 2023

    What should we benchmark about learning and evaluation work in philanthropy?

    Findings from our fall listening sessions and what we will explore more deeply in our benchmarking research.

    By Dr. Albertina Lopez

    What should we benchmark about learning and evaluation work in philanthropy?
  • insight Apr 2023

    Gazing inward as we align with our values

    CEI is shifting how we approach our benchmarking research on learning and evaluation in philanthropy so that it can better support the sector’s efforts to advance racial equity and justice.

    By Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Gazing inward as we align with our values
  • publication Feb 2023

    Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power

    CEI partnered with the Center on the Ecology of Early Development to evaluate two projects that supported state policy advocates in advancing equity by centering parents in their early childhood advocacy efforts. This report offers findings on the approach states used, the progress they made, and the barriers they encountered.

    By Sheniqua Jeffrey, Melly Kitenge, Mariah Brothe Gantz, Laura Ottoni, Julia Coffman, Dr. Stephanie Curenton-Jolly, Amber Sansbury

    Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power
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    publication Nov 2022

    How to do Process Tracing: A Method for Testing “How Change Happened” in Complex and Dynamic Settings

    Process tracing is a causal methodology that can help us to understand how change actually happened within a complex dynamic environment.

    By Sarah Stachowiak, Jewlya Lynn, Jennifer Byers

    How to do Process Tracing: A Method for Testing “How Change Happened” in Complex and Dynamic Settings
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    event Nov 2022

    American Evaluation Association (2022)

    CEI was at the 2022 American Evaluation Association conference in New Orleans, with the theme: (Re)Shaping Evaluation Together. Check out our sessions and related presentations and handouts.

    American Evaluation Association (2022)
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    insight Aug 2022

    Community in Philanthropy: What it is, why we need it, and how we can build it

    If we are to meet justice, then we need to hold ourselves accountable in an environment that asks very little of us, and to support and encourage each other when our surroundings try to pull us back toward a status quo.

    By Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Community in Philanthropy: What it is, why we need it, and how we can build it
  • publication Jul 2022

    A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations

    Foundations are systems. They have their own cultures and related assumptions, norms, standards, and practices. We encourage foundations to take stock of their learning needs with a dispassionate (evaluative) look at themselves as systems and how people work within them.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Jane Reisman

    A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations
  • publication Mar 2022

    Toward a Trust-Based Framework for Learning and Evaluation

    What if we reimagined evaluation as an opportunity for funders to learn and evolve as stewards, rather than taking on the narrow–and virtually impossible–task of proving that limited grants make a measurable impact on longstanding, complex social issues?

    By Shaady Salehi, Dr. Chera Reid

    Toward a Trust-Based Framework for Learning and Evaluation
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    insight Feb 2022

    How To Center Equity in Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation

    NationSwell convened a panel of experts to talk about how organizations should think about equity when engaging with measurement, learning, and evaluation.

    By Dr. Daniela Pineda, Dr. Amber Banks, Dr. Albertina Lopez, Brianna Provenzano

    How To Center Equity in Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation
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    publication Jan 2022

    Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy

    Causal analysis is not just for controlled programmatic work, it is also for dynamic and emergent strategies that include network building, field building, advocacy, organizing, or movements.

    By Sarah Stachowiak, Julia Coffman, Jewlya Lynn

    Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy
  • staff Jan 2022

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