As the number of foundations and nonprofits taking an equity stance continues to grow, evaluators, foundations and nonprofits need to examine the "fit" of existing evaluation approaches with the principles and values that underlie grantmaking and efforts designed to advance equity.
The premise of this paper is that evaluators have a moral imperative to contribute to equity. Evaluators who work with foundation and nonprofits who are working on equity have a special obligation to ensure that their evaluation practices don't reinforce or even exacerbate the inequities that efforts seek to address.
Meeting this vision requires critical thought about all aspects of the evaluative process - the questions we ask, the methods we use, the teams we assemble, and the ways we support the use of data and sense making around findings. Our answers to these questions have substantial implications for foundations, their non profit partners and the evaluation field.
This framing paper is a product of the Equitable Evaluation Project (now the Equitable Evaluation Initiative) and was published in July 2017. Its original intent was to set the stage for an invitational roundtable in August 2017 where findings and implications and potential next steps were explored focusing primarily on philanthropic domestic evaluation practices.
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