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Shifting the Evaluation Paradigm: The Equitable Evaluation Framework™

This publication provides an overview of the impetus for the Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF) and attempts to document early moments and first steps of engagement with U.S. philanthropic institutions — most often their research, evaluation and learning staff — whom we refer to as foundation partners throughout this publication. The themes shared in this publication surfaced through conversations with a group of foundation staff who have been part of the Equitable Evaluation Project, now referred to as the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI), since 2017 as advisors, investment partners and/or practice partners.
  • April 30, 2021


About 101 results.

  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Applications and Reports

    We’re looking to revamp the questions on our applications and reports. We are especially interested in examples that are aimed at systems change, advocacy, capacity building, etc. Anyone able to share?
    • May 22, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Learning Management System

    Looking at using a Learning Management System for a cohort based program we are developing for nonprofit leaders. Many of the systems seem to be for larger, involved programs. Is there anyone using one for smaller groups that they might recommend?
    • May 21, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Improving Foundation Evaluation Practice

    Dear GEO community, We recently produced a second edition of Evaluation Principles and Practices, A Guide to Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of our updated practice guide, we are aiming to improve our evaluation practice by increasing our 1) public sharing of evaluation findings, 2) engagement with grantees, and 3) integration of our foundation’s guiding principle of diversity, equity and inclusion. We include some practical tips to support staff in doing all of these things and are looking for additional practical, specific examples from others of specific tips or tools they have used to effectively promote these evaluation practices.
    • May 20, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
  • Publication

    Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook

    When grantmakers focus on learning for improvement, we use evaluation and learning to generate information and insights that will help us better understand both how we’re doing in our work and how to improve. A focus on taking action based on what we learn ensures that we are engaged in strategic or applied learning. This publication serves as an orientation for staff and board members highlighting key concepts, how to get started, and how others in the field are thinking about and addressing important issues around learning. This publication provides a solid basis for thinking and talking about the next steps in your organization’s learning work.
    • May 12, 2019
  • GEOList Members Only

    Lobbying expenditures

    The Rhode Island Foundation (a community foundation) is updating our website and application materials and would like to clarify the language we provide around organizations’ lobbying activities. We would be very interested in seeing any guidance you provide to your applicants around lobbying expenditures.
    • May 6, 2019
    • Bo Dorsey
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Program Design for Racial Equity Peer Cohorts

    ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation in Alexandria, VA, is developing a capacity building cohort focused on racial equity for nonprofit leaders in our community. We are curious about any of your experiences with similar initiatives.
    • April 1, 2019
  • GEOList Members Only

    GEOList Summary: Outcomes Software

    I’d like to know what software or other systems foundations are using to track grantee outcomes and impact.
    • February 13, 2019
    • Austin Frizzell
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    GEOList Summary: Recommendations for Keynote Speaker

    The Scranton Area Community Foundation will be hosting a Learning Conference in the Fall, and we are looking for a keynote speaker. In particular, we are looking for someone to speak on "Becoming a Learning Organization" or similarly related topic.
    • February 12, 2019
  • Related Materials

    Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning Toolkit Brief

    The brief introduces the "Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: Toolkit" for board members.
    • February 11, 2019
  • Executive Summary

    Executive Summary: Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning

    The Executive Summary introduces the "Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning: Toolkit."
    • January 17, 2019