EEI Roundup: Updates from our team | August 2019
It’s been a busy summer for us at EEI. Last month, we shared with you several updates from our Practice, Field, and Investment partnerships. We will continue to announce and spotlight new partners in this issue and throughout the fall.
PRACTICE AND FIELD PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: DOROTHY A. JOHNSON CENTER FOR PHILANTHROPY
→ Practice Partners are institutions, individuals, and efforts engaged in making the case or equipping for transformation efforts to support adoption of EE that have named explicit actions with EEI.
→ Field Partnerships reflect a formal relationship with EEI to amplify and advance the adoption of the EE Principles.
Johnson Center recommits to EE as both a Practice & Field Partner. In 2017, the Johnson Center joined partners at Luminare Group and the Center for Evaluation Innovation to launch the Equitable Evaluation Project, which has since evolved into the Equitable Evaluation Initiative, a fiscally sponsored project of the Seattle Foundation.
Their formalized relationship with EEI reflects their willingness to amplify and advance the adoption of the EE Principles for themselves and others by:
Offering workshops and coursesthat prepare you to advance equitable programming and designing evaluations consistent with EE Principles in your organization
Sharing resources from EEI partners that can inform your evaluation practice
Conducting JCP evaluation projects with a focus on advancing equity
INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP: ROBERT W. JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Investment Partners are those who contribute financial resources to advance equitable evaluation in ways that directly advance field-wide practice.
Robert W. Johnson Foundation is now an Investment Partner. They are a proud supporter of the Equitable Evaluation Initiative’s field-building and paradigm shift efforts and are committed to transforming their own practices to better position evaluation in service of equity.
ANNOUNCING: A NEW DIRECTOR OF PRACTICE ENGAGEMENT AND EVOLUTION
It gives us great joy to introduce you to Marcia Coné, our new Director of Practice Engagement and Evolution.
For nearly 3 decades, Marcia has worked in partnership with NGO's, Philanthropy, PSO's and Grassroots and Grasstops leaders to advance race and gender equity. She brings a depth and breadth of experience that complements the team and will advance the work. She will introduce herself to the EEI community in the coming weeks. She has already started communicating and interacting with existing partners and serving as the point person for newly interested Practice Partners.
Talent Citizen, an Investment Partner that led the search for EEI, had this to say:
“This search took a lot of creative thinking around networks and how they intersect,'' said Talent Citizen founder, Tracy Welsh, “but most importantly we knew the new director wasn’t coming from a linear path. In addition to leading change efforts addressing systemic and structural inequities, Marcia’s fluid understanding of organizations at every phase and level of impact from start-up to national networks and how they relate in an ecosystem really shined through during the search process. It’s an exciting moment as Jara, Marcia and the EEI ecosystem take this next leap together.”
EEI led a Think Tank at the United Philanthropy Forum Annual Conference in which more than 45 people attended. AAEEP shared with peers their motivation for and interest in the EE Principles. Since that session, several other PSO’s have reached out about becoming either a Field or Practice Partner.