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  • 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
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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 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
  • insight Nov 2020

    Q&A: Washington Evaluators in conversation with Dr. Chera Reid

    This conversation originally took place during an event hosted by Washington Evaluator members on November 5th, 2020, and is cross-posted at https://washingtonevaluators.org.

    By Emily Bango, Dr. Chera Reid

    Q&A: Washington Evaluators in conversation with Dr. Chera Reid
  • insight Aug 2020

    Can Foundations Radically Transform How They Learn?

    In 2020, we are seeing some fundamental shifts in how foundations are operating and attempting to learn. How might we use our experience right now to understand something new about the organizational and sector conditions that are necessary to make real and honest learning and adaptation possible and in service to equity?

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Jane Reisman, Ben Liadsky, Andrew Taylor

    Can Foundations Radically Transform How They Learn?
  • insight Jun 2020

    It’s Time to Let Go of Tired Narratives about Talent in Evaluation

    Social sector conversations about talent often focus on increasing diversity, building skillsets, and improving hiring and management. But to solve tough social problems, we need to let go of tired narratives about talent and work together to dismantle oppression in the evaluation field.

    By Clare Nolan

    It’s Time to Let Go of Tired Narratives about Talent in Evaluation
  • insight Dec 2019

    The Realm of Possibility in Evaluation

    It is possible to get more from evaluation, and it starts by challenging our own habits.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz

    The Realm of Possibility in Evaluation
  • insight Oct 2019

    How Leaders Affect Evaluation Capacity Building in Foundations

    Regardless of intent, foundation leaders can substantially harm or strengthen evaluation capacity building in their organizations. We can add value if we know how and why.

    By Dr. Albertina Lopez

    How Leaders Affect Evaluation Capacity Building in Foundations