January 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Effecting social change in a rapidly changing political environment and an increasingly interconnected world requires foundations to adopt a learning orientation. Without continuous learning, grantmakers—and thus boards and trustees—are unaware about what is working where, with whom, and why, as well as what changes or refinements are needed in order to achieve the grantmakers’ desired results.
As a member of the evaluation community, and in my work as an advisor to foundation clients including Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit, the Kresge Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation, I think about trends shaping the field, and how they are showing up in practice.
In our latest blog, Rebekah Levin, director of evaluation and learning at Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and FSG’s Hallie Preskill discuss the benefits of evaluating collaborative efforts and how developmental evaluation helped the McCormick Foundation turn a struggling collaboration into an effective learning experience.
What images come to mind when you hear the word evaluation? A teacher grading an exam? A dashboard or scorecard with outcomes highlighted in green, yellow, or red to show progress? A logic model mapping a program intervention to its intended outcomes? When asked about evaluation, fewer people tend to conjure images of a room full of people reflecting on and discussing data together. Or think of evaluation spurring an energizing collaborative conversation to visualize what a program hopes to achieve, and the assumptions and external factors that can help or hinder success.
CALGARY, Alberta, November 12, 2015 /3BL Media/ - On the 21st September, Social Value International (SVI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) convened a global meeting for experts in valuation of social outcomes. Taking place in the Bellagio Center on Lake Como and sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the meeting brought together 22 individuals from a range of sectors and countries to discuss how a variety of valuation techniques relate to each other and can be mapped and brought together with clearer guidance.
Speakers at the 2nd Sponsorium London Forum last week, shared further examples of how important Learning Environments are to the objectives of Corporate Sponsorship and Community Investment Partnerships. All speakers including British Gas, DP World, RBS, Nordea Bank and Swisscom, together with an audience of a further 20 brands, shared this common theme.
Leading Cloud Software for Evaluation and Management of Grants, Community Investments and Sponsorships
MONTREAL & MIAMI, February 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – SPONSORIUM International, the leading sponsorship and community investment management software provider, as part of its annual international conference has announced several new features which their network of users will appreciate.