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.
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.
What does it take to incorporate equity into our work? What would that look like? Is that even something we want to do? These are the questions we set out to tackle this past summer as part of the first Equitable Evaluation Design Lab with other Colorado evaluators →
Learn about The Colorado Health Foundation's rapid cycle evaluation project and how they have been working with their evaluation partner to deliberately explore how to bring an equity lens to the evaluation.
Equity is a core value of Learning for Action; since our start, our work has focused on achieving greater equity and justice in disinvested communities using the tools of evaluation and strategy to increase impact.
The development of a new youth focused initiative,LEVELcreated an opportunity for the foundation to explore how EE might advance its goals and build upon the success and learnings of its previousyouth-focused initiatives.
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.