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  • staff Jan 2022

    Stephanie O. Darby

    Stephanie O. Darby
  • publication Nov 2021

    We need to articulate our assumptions so that we can test them. Here’s a guide to help.

    This four-page guidance defines assumptions, explains why it is critical to articulate them, and then offers a set of prompting questions to help elicit them. Examples are included.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    We need to articulate our assumptions so that we can test them. Here’s a guide to help.
  • staff Nov 2021

    Melly S. Ntalu

    Melly S. Ntalu
  • staff Nov 2021

    Kat Athanasiades

    Kat Athanasiades
  • staff Nov 2021

    Mariah Brothe Gantz

    Mariah Brothe Gantz
  • staff Nov 2021

    Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Dr. Albertina Lopez
  • staff Nov 2021

    Julia Coffman

    Julia Coffman
  • A black and white abstract image with CEI colors sprinkled throughout

    publication Aug 2021

    Holding Foundations Accountable for Equity Commitments

    Philanthropy needs to transform the structures and processes through which foundations hold power, including how they conceive of and operationalize accountability through their approaches to strategy development, evaluation, and grantee reporting and monitoring.

    By Tanya Beer, Patti Patrizi, Julia Coffman

    Holding Foundations Accountable for Equity Commitments
  • publication May 2021

    How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World?

    This article offers raw qualitative data as a supplement to the 2021 article authored by Michael Quinn Patton and published in the American Journal of Evaluation titled: "How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World? Redux, Update, and a Reflective Practice Facilitation Tool."

    By Michael Quinn Patton

    How Far Dare an Evaluator Go Toward Saving the World?
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    publication Apr 2021

    Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power

    While getting policy wins and systems changes is important, what does it mean to center impacted communities as the drivers of change? What does it mean to make building their power the ultimate goal of advocacy work? What does it require of the broader ecosystem of advocacy actors who also are involved in the work? CEI's evaluation report of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative explores these questions and more.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Julia Coffman, Gigi Barsoum, Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power
  • Black and white graphic of person walking in the rain holding an umbrella. Some raindrops are in CEI's colors (indigo, pink, light indigo)

    publication Apr 2021

    Approaches to Learning Amid Crises: Reflections from Philanthropy

    Explore how foundations’ approaches to learning shaped their responses to the crises of 2020. In interviews with seven foundations from Canada and the U.S. in the summer and fall of 2020, the authors applied the lens of organizational learning to how each of these foundations made sense of their reality, asked different kinds of questions to inform their thinking, and acted in new or different ways as a result.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Dr. Albertina Lopez, Ben Liadsky, Andrew Taylor

    Approaches to Learning Amid Crises: Reflections from Philanthropy
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    event Mar 2021

    2021 Roundtable Convening: What It Was, What It Is, Who We Are Becoming

    The 2021 Evaluation Roundtable convening explored the first teaching case the Evaluation Roundtable ever explored: "Evaluation of the Fighting Back Initiative"

    2021 Roundtable Convening: What It Was, What It Is, Who We Are Becoming