The report shares data on crucial topics such as foundations’ evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information. It seeks to provide benchmarking data that will be useful to foundation leaders as they seek to better understand the choices of their peers and think more deeply about their own evaluation goals and strategies.
Developed in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI), Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices is the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. The report shares data points and infographics on crucial topics related to evaluation at foundations, such as evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information.
There is widespread and growing recognition in the nonprofit sector about the importance of evaluation — not only for measuring impact, but also for improving programs and better serving communities. While grantmakers generally see evaluation as necessary, most are not yet investing enough resources in this area.
This publication takes an in-depth look at what it means to open our learning and evaluation practices to grantees, other funders, community members, government agencies and others involved in the work.
This case study examines the experience of the Corporation for Supportive Housing as it worked with the nonprofit consultancy AchieveMission to understand and adopt better human capital management plans and practices. CSH took part in AchieveMission's competitive Talent Initiative program, designed to help nonprofits invest wisely in their most important asset — people — especially in times of significant organizational change or rapid growth.
The purpose of this document is to advance the Hewlett Foundation’s existing work to make their evaluation practices more consistent across the organization. They hope to create a more common understanding of their philosophy, purpose, and expectations regarding evaluation as well as clarify staff roles and available support.
This resource has been designed and assembled by the Macro International evaluation team with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a starter kit to promote the integration of effective evaluation into grantmaker education programs.
Ensuring a Cross-Culturally Competent Evaluation presents practical examples of how cross-cultural issues surface in evaluation and how to address the issues. The report showcases four fictional situations that capture some of the ways in which cultural insensitivity and inappropriateness have emerged in evaluation.
WhatWorks.org offers benchmarking and evaluation toolkits for many types of nonprofits. The Center for What Works is a nonprofit dedicated to building performance measurement capacity and developing a common language for the social sector to benchmark results, learn, and improve.
How to measure the value and results of corporate philanthropy remains one of corporate giving professionals’ greatest challenges. This report offers a review of recent measurement studies, models, and evidence drawn from complementary business disciplines as well as the social sector.