publication Dec 2023
Evolution not Revolution: Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative
This teaching case focuses on how learning and evaluation can guide those in philanthropy seeking to rise to the demands of more inclusive approaches to social change, especially with communities that have been historically marginalized.
publication Nov 2023
On Equity in Contracting with Small and Solo Local Evaluation Firms: An Open Letter to Funders
Standard funding and contracting practices often stand in the way of success for small, solo, and local firms. This open letter to funders explores the strengths of these firms and their roadblocks, and offers recommendations for creating the conditions for them to thrive.
publication Oct 2023
2023 Benchmarking Foundation Learning & Evaluation Practices
The most comprehensive review of evaluation and learning practices at foundations, this report offers benchmarking data on foundation learning and evaluation practices collected in 2023.
publication Sep 2023
Using Developmental Evaluation to Support Adaptive Strategies: An Application from a Social Change Initiative
The chapter, authored by and written from the perspective of both strategists and evaluators, describes the methods used, how the evaluation informed strategy, and reections and lessons on the developmental evaluation experience and approach.
insight Aug 2023
Using Discourse Analysis to Assess Narrative Change: Humanistic Methods
Discourse analysis is a valuable tool for understanding sociocultural narratives and learning how they can strengthen social justice efforts to work toward lasting change. The humanities offer a useful suite of methods for evaluating and contributing to the work of narrative change.
publication Aug 2023
Supporting Advocacy Ecosystems to Build Power
Organizers need the support of other actors—professional advocates, think tanks and policy shops, researchers, communications firms, funders, evaluators, and others—to recognize the critical role of organizing and to share the long-term goal of building people power.
insight Jul 2023
An Advocate’s Takeaways on Advocacy Evaluation Practices and Needs
A long-time advocate and advocacy evaluation trainer offers three takeaways about advocates' evaluation practices, priorities, and needs.
publication Jun 2023
Amplifying Nonprofit Voices: Bridging the Advocacy Evaluation Gap
To better understand advocates’ perspectives and bridge the gap between their evaluation needs and the field of evaluation practice, this research surveyed U.S. nonprofit advocates and recommends six ways that the advocacy evaluation field can shift toward more advocate-focused practice.
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?
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.
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.
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.