The Grantmaking School: Evaluation for Grantmakers

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Whether formally or informally, evaluation has been an integral part of foundation work since the early twentieth century. Comprehensive programmatic evaluation helps foundations determine whether funding practices produce intended results, disseminates learning for broader impact, and provides measured context for future work.

Evaluation itself is a relatively simple process; however, depending on an organization’s culture, philosophies, and capacity, it can escalate in complexity. The Grantmaking School’s Evaluation for Grantmakers does not simply provide a step-by-step guide to the best practices of evaluation; rather, it deeply examines the history, strategy, design, and theory behind the process and responds to the diverse nature of evaluation in foundations.

Participants will find a balance among learning how to conduct evaluations, managing third-party evaluations, and understanding the importance of evaluation to various foundation and community stakeholders. Furthermore, participants will learn to think critically about applying appropriate levels of evaluation to grantmaking activities, ensuring that it provides what is needed and useful for assessing impact and continuous improvement. Using case studies, small group discussion, and interactive activities, Evaluation for Grantmakers gives grantmakers a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and facilitated discussions led by The Grantmaking School’s expert evaluation instruction team.

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