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  • event Dec 2023

    2023 Roundtable Convening: Navigating Power in Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation

    The 2023 Evaluation Roundtable explored power in strategy, learning, and evaluation through a teaching case examining The California Endowment’s work to advance health equity and people power in communities across California.

    2023 Roundtable Convening: Navigating Power in Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation
  • publication Jul 2022

    A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations

    Foundations are systems. They have their own cultures and related assumptions, norms, standards, and practices. We encourage foundations to take stock of their learning needs with a dispassionate (evaluative) look at themselves as systems and how people work within them.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Jane Reisman

    A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations
  • 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.
  • 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
  • An illustration that can be paired with the blog post. You can find an audio tour of this piece here: https://www.evaluationinnovation.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Fighting-Back-Graphic-Audio-Tour.m4a

    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
  • Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices 2020

    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
  • event Jun 2019

    2019 Roundtable Convening: Transitions and Transformations for Evaluation’s Role in Philanthropy

    The 2019 Evaluation Roundtable convening explored how evaluation leaders—working within or with foundations—can manage change not just defensively, but proactively and productively.

    2019 Roundtable Convening: Transitions and Transformations for Evaluation’s Role in Philanthropy
  • publication Jun 2019

    When Opportunity Knocks, Open the Door: Evaluation Amidst Transition at the Colorado Health Foundation

    The Colorado Health Foundation experienced multiple organizational transitions in a short period of time, including two strategy redesigns, culture and values shifts, new expectations and assumption about roles and performance, and a new CEO. This teaching case invites reflection on the role of evaluation staff and consultants amidst the uncertainty and ambiguity of organizational change.

    When Opportunity Knocks, Open the Door: Evaluation Amidst Transition at the Colorado Health Foundation
  • insight Jun 2018

    5-A-Day: Learning By Force of Habit

    Establishing a learning organization or culture is such a big goal that it can overwhelm our ability to act on it. This piece, published on Medium, explores how building learning habits into common routines makes it more manageable, and creates small wins that can lead to big change. Focusing on habits ensures that learning is not a separate activity, but rather is integrated into our day-to-day work.

    By Julia Coffman

    5-A-Day: Learning By Force of Habit
  • insight Jun 2018

    Precipitating Events and Rewards in Making a Habit of Learning

    Better habits around learning are critical to improving philanthropic practice. This piece looks at what needs to happen before and after habit change to make a new way of working stick.

    By Kat Athanasiades

    Precipitating Events and Rewards in Making a Habit of Learning