Resources

  • 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.

    By Kim Williams-Pulfer

    Evolution not Revolution: Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative
  • 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.

    By Hippolyt Pul, Carlisle Levine

    On Equity in Contracting with Small and Solo Local Evaluation Firms: An Open Letter to Funders
  • 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.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Kayla Christopherson, Kat Athanasiades, Julia Coffman, Dr. Chera Reid, Dr. Albertina Lopez

    2023 Benchmarking Foundation Learning & Evaluation Practices
  • 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.

    By Tanya Beer, Kathy Armstrong, Julia Coffman, Daniel Stid

    Using Developmental Evaluation to Support Adaptive Strategies: An Application from a Social Change Initiative
  • 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.

    By Sowmya Ramanathan

    Using Discourse Analysis to Assess Narrative Change: Humanistic Methods
  • 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.

    By Julia Coffman

    Supporting Advocacy Ecosystems to Build 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.

    By Susan Hoechstetter

    An Advocate’s Takeaways on Advocacy Evaluation Practices 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.

    By Annette Gardner, Shannon Williams, Susan Hoechstetter

    Amplifying Nonprofit Voices: Bridging the Advocacy Evaluation Gap
  • 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 Lulete Mola, Chanda Smith Baker, Repa Mekha, Dr. Chera Reid, Dr. Albertina Lopez, Lori Villarosa, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Lyle Matthew Kan

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

    Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power