Part 2 of 3: Sharing Our Stories Together to Address Inequities: The Equity Learning Club

Evaluation does not happen in a bubble; it is impacted by the social context around us. To do it well, it requires an understanding of the forces that shape our world, including structural racism and implicit bias. On the flip side, evaluation impacts social context, requiring us to recognize how our work perpetuates the forces that shape our world, including structural racism and implicit bias.

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Our advice is to get started, even if that means taking small steps first.

The Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED) at the Walton Family Foundation supports careful planning, rigorous research, and systematic assessment in service of organizational learning, strategic adaptation, and philanthropic impact. Over the past 18 months, SLED has been working with the Equitable Evaluation Initiative to learn more about EE and to identify ways to better promote equity in our work.

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Traditional views of evaluation have limits and don't always reflect a full and accurate picture

MFH’s Strategy & Learning area is responsible for guiding the organization’s strategic planning, learning, evaluation, and research processes and projects. Within that work we continue to seek ways to operationalize and bring intentionality around the Foundation’s Core Values of commitment, equity, humility, and integrity. Bringing EE to the mix was a natural step.

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