Benchmarking Evaluation in Foundations: Do We Know What We Are Doing?

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Evaluation in philanthropy – with staff assigned to evaluation-related responsibilities – began in the 1970s and has evolved, along with philanthropy, in the four decades since. What has not changed, however, is a regular questioning of what foundations are doing on evaluation, especially since the world of philanthropy regularly shifts, and changes in evaluation resourcing and positioning tend to soon follow.

This article presents new findings about what foundations are doing on evaluation and discusses their implications. It is based on 2012 research that benchmarks the positioning, resourcing, and function of evaluation in foundations, and follows up on a 2009 study that used a similar design.

 


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Questions what foundations are doing on evaluation as the world of philanthropy regularly shifts and changes in evaluation resourcing and positioning tend to soon follow.


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July 2013


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Julia Coffman, Tonya Beer, Patricia Patrizi, Elizabeth Heid Thompson


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Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation 

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