Pre-Conference Session

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
April 2018

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Finding our EE tribe at the 2018 GEO National Conference



Over the next four years, GEO is prioritizing new content on learning and evaluation, racial equity, and sharing power with and including nonprofits and community members. We recognize that this work will require strong partnerships with organizations who are already advancing these issues. Equitable evaluation is at the intersection of two of these important areas, so a partnership with EEI seems like a natural fit.

We are in the process of developing a deeper partnership with GEO.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? what is happening?

More than 40 GEO conference participants  registered for the pre-conference session engaged with an emerging set of foundation orthodoxies, critiquing the ways that current evaluation practice and the field at large might be barriers to equitable evaluation. 

Additionally Dr. Chera Reid from Kresge and Jara Dean-Coffey from the EE Team engaged in a Q&A, sharing highlights from their perspectives around what is happening, and what might be possible, around advancing EE.


We first introduced equitable evaluation to the GEO community at the 2017 Learning Conference through a World Café format. It resonated, and we were thrilled to be asked to submit a proposal for the annual conference -- and to be accepted.



“The reality is that this work is hard, and it’s really helpful to be able to name the dominant culture norms that need to change.”

-From GEO conference workshop evaluation

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