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  • Architectural photo of a glass building with two pink and purple lines running vertically through it.

    publication May 2024

    Learning Habits for Equity

    We revisit the 5 Learning Habits with this complementary guide to using them to advance learning for equity.

    By Julia Coffman, Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Learning Habits for Equity
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Sheniqua Jeffrey, Melly Kitenge, Mariah Brothe Gantz, Laura Ottoni, Julia Coffman, Dr. Stephanie Curenton-Jolly, Amber Sansbury

    Advocacy that Builds Parents’ Power
  • 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
  • A black and white photo looking up from the bottom of a brick or wood cylinder into the open sky. Includes abstract lines in CEI's colors (indigo, pink, purple, light indigo).

    publication Jan 2022

    Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy

    Causal analysis is not just for controlled programmatic work, it is also for dynamic and emergent strategies that include network building, field building, advocacy, organizing, or movements.

    By Sarah Stachowiak, Julia Coffman, Jewlya Lynn

    Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy
  • 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
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    publication Apr 2021

    Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power

    While getting policy wins and systems changes is important, what does it mean to center impacted communities as the drivers of change? What does it mean to make building their power the ultimate goal of advocacy work? What does it require of the broader ecosystem of advocacy actors who also are involved in the work? CEI's evaluation report of The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative explores these questions and more.

    By Mariah Brothe Gantz, Julia Coffman, Gigi Barsoum, Dr. Albertina Lopez

    Policy Wins Aren’t Enough; We Need Advocacy that Builds Power