Actions every philanthropic professional can take to increase the impact of evaluation and learning
Posted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations on June 15, 2021
Reinventing The Wheel No More: Actions every philanthropic professional can take to increase the impact of evaluation and learning
Over the past four years, an informal network of nearly 400 Funder Evaluator Affinity Network (FEAN) members have engaged in dialogue and crowd-sourced solutions to build the shared capacity of philanthropic evaluators – individual evaluators, firms, and foundation professionals with programmatic and evaluation roles.
Operating under the core belief that evaluation and learning professionals are critical partners in advancing knowledge and strategy to drive social change more effectively, FEAN members adopted the principle of idea diffusion to shift field practice. FEAN arose because both funders and evaluators saw some core ideas about our field shifting—high demand for evaluation coupled with changes in how evaluation is defined; new talent needs, especially for more and better supported evaluators of color; and new opportunities to position evaluation for effective learning and decision-making in philanthropy.
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