Resources

  • publication Jan 2021

    Co-creating our story: A hybrid participatory case approach to evaluating and accelerating organizational change

    This brief describes an evaluative approach we took to an organizational change process at a foundation that could be useful to evaluators.

    By Tanya Beer, Susan Parker, Anne Cullen Puente, Kurian Thomas

    Co-creating our story: A hybrid participatory case approach to evaluating and accelerating organizational change
  • 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
  • publication Oct 2020

    Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy

    Using an evaluative method called contribution analysis, we developed a “contribution story” that assesses SCAN’s contribution to a key ECE policy outcome or win in each state: New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Kat Athanasiades, Julia Coffman

    Supporting Effective Early Childhood Advocacy
  • presentation Oct 2020

    ACE Evaluation Network Webinar Series

    Learn about the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network

    By London Losey, Karla Mendez

    ACE Evaluation Network Webinar Series
  • 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?
  • presentation Jul 2020

    Re-Thinking How We Work with Boards on Evaluation and Learning

    Most board room routines are based on the mental model that social change is a technocratic problem-solving endeavor. So we incentivize and reward staff who project a degree of certainty about how social change happens that's just not real because the change process is much more complex.

    By Tanya Beer

    Re-Thinking How We Work with Boards on Evaluation and Learning
  • 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
  • presentation May 2020

    Why is Evaluation So White?

    In this presentation, Vidhya Shanker, PhD, and Carolina De La Rosa Mateo, MPH, explore how the field of evaluation has approached race, the implications of that approach, and the promise of generative networks to amplify the work of evaluators who identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Color (IBPOC), as illustrated by one such network recently formed in Minnesota.

    By Vidhya Shanker, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo

    Why is Evaluation So White?
  • publication Mar 2020

    Smart Decision-Making

    Even when evidence is available in the social sector, it is rarely used. A number of tools and tactics can help us become savvier consumers of information.

    By Ian David Moss, Julia Coffman, Tanya Beer

    Smart Decision-Making
  • presentation Feb 2020

    Performance Measurement for Emergent and Complex Strategies [Webinar]

    Learn about four types of strategies—niche, integrated, emergent, and ecosystem—and the types of performance measurement and accountability systems best suited to each.

    By Alnoor Ebrahim

    Performance Measurement for Emergent and Complex Strategies [Webinar]
  • publication Jan 2020

    Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020

    What does foundation evaluation look like today? Is it adapting to meet the changing needs of the sector and society?

    By Tanya Beer, Mariah Brothe Gantz, Kat Athanasiades, Julia Coffman, Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020
  • 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