Through meetings and conferences we attended over the past few years, we were drawn in by the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI), which asked us to imagine, “What might be possible if evaluation was conceptualized, implemented, and utilized in a manner that promotes equity?”
A Partnership Is Born
Funders Together, GEO, PEAK, and SCG are excited to co-host and launch the Making the Case Collaboratory with our members and the Equitable Evaluation Initiative on February 11, 2021.
The MTC Collaboratory is the first step to engaging with the Equitable Evaluation Initiative. This experience will be a six-month journey of self-reflection and situational assessment to unpack Equitable Evaluation Principles and explore current internal evaluation practices and orthodoxies.
Rather than just inviting our members across the country to participate in this learning collaboratory, the four of us – Funders Together, GEO, PEAK, and SCG – are serving as co-hosts and will be participating alongside our members to reflect and unpack our own evaluation practices.
Our commitment to our membership is to document and share our discoveries as we go. Our hope for other philanthropy-serving organizations is that this collaborative serves as a model for how PSOs can reimagine their collaboration on internal racial equity work and learning opportunities for their members.
Why We Are Participating
Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, Funders Together to End Homelessness:
“If we truly want to prevent and end homelessness, we have to challenge our beliefs about how we evaluate “success.” This is an exciting opportunity for Funders Together staff to learn alongside our members and push ourselves to unpack ideas like success and validity, as well as develop new ways of thinking.”
Kyle Rinne-Meyers, Strategy & Learning Manager, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations:
“At GEO, we recognize that the way organizations evaluate and learn from their work is a critical strategy towards creating a more just, connected and inclusive society. We’re thrilled to dig deeper into the difficult work of applying the EEI framework, along with our members and partners, to help advance equitable social change.”
Melissa Sines, Programs and Knowledge Director, PEAK Grantmaking:
“We here at PEAK are so excited to be working with these partners to bring this learning opportunity to our members across the country. As we dive into learning together, PEAK is ready to use what we learn to shape our knowledge and resources around grant reporting and evaluative work to support the work of grants professionals across the sector.”
Katy Pelissier, Director, Programs & Conferences, Southern California Grantmakers:
“Early conversations with the EEI team have opened our eyes to the possibility of using evaluation in service of social equity and the reality that without this level of intentionality, we are likely perpetuating the very inequities we hope to address. We are eager to learn alongside our members and partners and move from theory to action together.”
About the Equitable Evaluation Initiative
The Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI) is co-crafted and led by partners in philanthropy, evaluation, and nonprofits, and seeks evaluation to be a tool for and of equity for those that have placed equity as core to their work. EEI is a five-year initiative that launched in 2017 with support from The Ford Foundation and The California Endowment for the initiative's strategy development and launch. The Kresge Foundation offered its FreshLo Initiative as the first Equitable Evaluation Framework™(EEF) teaching case. Since August 2017, the EEI Team has engaged in multiple gatherings and work sessions across the country to advance practice of the Equitable Evaluation Framework.