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Evaluation and Learning in Philanthropy: The Center for Evaluation Innovation's latest benchmarking report

  • 14 May 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar
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What does evaluation and learning look like in foundations? Join us for an interactive webinar as the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI) presents an overview of their 2020 benchmarking report about evaluation and learning practice and resourcing in philanthropy. The benchmarking project is an ongoing effort (previous reports were published in 2016, 2013, and 2010) to understand evaluation functions and staff roles at foundations; the level of investment in and support of evaluation; the specific evaluative activities foundations engage in; the evaluative challenges foundations experience; and the use of evaluation information once it is collected.

Attendees will walk away with an awareness about the trends in this sector so that they can better navigate working with and in foundations. The findings offer a way for foundations to compare their evaluation and learning structures and practices to those of the broader sector, and they provide evaluation consultants a window into the often murky goings-on at foundations that affect their practice.

The Center for Evaluation Innovation is a nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that works with foundation leaders and other evaluators to advance evaluation and learning practice in philanthropy so that it helps to produce better and faster results.

Kat Athanasiades, Senior Associate: Kat brings a decade of experience in evaluation and philanthropy, and specializes in advocacy evaluation, network and systems evaluation, and evaluation capacity building. Prior to her role at CEI, Kat was a senior team member at Innovation Network, an evaluation consulting firm, and before that was part of the impact assessment unit at the Ford Foundation.

Albertina (Aly) Lopez, PhD, Senior Associate: Aly brings expertise in leadership, evaluation capacity building, philanthropy, organizational development and learning, research design and data analysis, and evaluation approaches that emphasize strategic learning. Prior to CEI, Aly was an evaluation project manager for Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit and an evaluation consultant at the Claremont Evaluation Center.

Mariah Brothe Gantz, Associate: Mariah brings a background in service learning, civic engagement, and advocacy. Previously, Mariah was the lead data analyst for the Communities Against Hate Initiative at the Leadership Conference Education Fund and before that was the Academic Service-Learning Coordinator at George Washington University.

Details on how to join the webinar will be sent in a reminder email one-week prior to the event. 

AEA Competencies: This webinar will help develop your evaluator competencies in the areas of: articulating current trends and developments in the field (1.10) and attending to evaluation use and influence in context (3.10).



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