Midwest Funders Equitable Evaluation Peer-to-Peer Collaboratory



Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT


Missouri Foundation for Health
4254 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110


Sarah Smith
Missouri Foundation for Health

Missouri Foundation for Health and the Equitable Evaluation Initiative are launching a peer learning community to build the field of equitable evaluation practice in the region.

In 2019 and early 2020, funders who work in the Midwest will have the opportunity to send up to two staff  members to a two-day workshop at MFH’s headquarters. Through the event, participants will establish a baseline understanding of the equitable evaluation principles and begin generating learnings and insights around challenges, successes, and what an evaluation paradigm shift could look like in our region. 

There is no registration fee, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel.  

Workshop Dates:  
(Please note, to maximize the opportunity for peer sharing and learning, participants are expected to attend both days of the event): 

Thursday October 24, 2019  
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Thursday February 6, 2020  
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Who should attend: 
Midwest funders who are interested in equitable evaluation and/or furthering equity through their work: This peer-to-peer collaboratory is intended for funders who self-identify as working in the Midwest region. These funders should recognize equity as central to their mission and acknowledge that evaluation is an essential tool toward achieving that aim. Participants will deconstruct traditional evaluation principles and reimagine how evaluation can be in service of equity in our region.  

Organizations may send up to two staff members, staff can be in evaluation or non-evaluation roles.

Collaboratory Details:  
The first full-day (October 24, 2019) session will set the stage for the collaboratory’s work, providing space for participants to unpack the equitable evaluation principles and explore current internal evaluation practices and orthodoxies. Participants will begin to identify potential ways to further their own EE practice and will continue this exploration when they return to their organizations.  

The second full-day session (February 6, 2020) will bring everyone back together to share what they have learned and plot a course forward.  

Open through Tuesday, October 8.   

In order to foster productive dialogue, registration will be capped at 40. 

Registrant Eligibility: 

  • Participants must work for a philanthropic organization that self-identifies as working in the Midwest region. 

  • Participating staff and organizations must have expressed interest in equitable evaluation and/or furthering equity through their work. 

Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. As a catalyst for change, MFH improves the health of Missourians through partnership, experience, knowledge, and funding. The Foundation takes a multifaceted approach to health issues, understanding that programs, policy, and collaboration all play a role in creating lasting impact.