Reframing Assessment of Grantee Perceptions: Reconsidering Effectiveness With Broader International Stakeholder Engagement

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  • Stakeholder engagement is important in philanthropy because it allows grantmakers and grantees to pool their respective resources more effectively to address their shared target issues.
  • As more and more foundations and other grantmaking entities venture into the expansive world of self-evaluation, it is prudent that these methods be examined in light of international funding relationships.
  • In order to better understand how these tools and methods can be used internationally, we outline the opportunities presented when using frames as one basis for decision-making in complex situations.
  • Using the hypothetical case of a U.S. funder seeking to understand grantee perception in East Africa, we present a matrix of considerations and questions that allow grantmakers to account for the local reality of grantee perceptions.
  • By actively engaging all stakeholders involved in the process, international grantmakers can begin to adapt these tools to meet their cross-cultural needs, while limiting bias and unexamined counterproductive assumptions.

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