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Equipping for Transformation

How it works

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The Equitable Evaluation Framework™ is a continual threading and weaving toward a fuller tapestry. It moves between, across and throughout intentional reflecting (being), reflexing (thinking), and realigning (doing).


This integrating recognizes that foundations are systems that must attend to both individual competencies (awareness, attitude and action) and organizational capacities (intentionality, integration and institutionalize).


The threading acknowledges:

  1. There is a link between individual learning and organizational change (when individuals learn together they socially construct meaning)

  2. The complexity and multi-dimensionality of context, culture and power as fundamental elements

  3. The process is one in which competencies and capacities are interwoven, a dynamic continuum, overlapping and ongoing

From What's Race Got to Do With It? Equity and Philanthropic Evaluation Practice by Jara Dean-Coffey (2018)


Speaking directly and authentically and listening deeply have the capacity to transform and bring about change. Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI) conversations create a unique environment designed to guide how we show up, think about, and practice evaluation through collective inquiry on advancing the EEF™.

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Our Equipping for Transformation (EFT) community in practice is made up of individuals, who are active practitioners of the EEF™ and share what they are learning with and alongside others. When we are in community and relationship with each other, we learn how to be and do better.

The focus in the practice of the EEF™ is on the process, individuals, organizations and systems - not only the product. What we pay attention to and what we practice is what we value. Practice makes us vulnerable and pushes us to the edge of our current skill set and beyond. The point is to get beyond the limitations of the current evaluative paradigm. It is in the exploration of tensions, sticking points, mindsets, and intentions where the greatest form of learning takes place.

EEF Partners
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Practice Partners & Practitioners

Practice Partners are individuals and institutions exploring the EEF through a 2-year practice experience. Practitioners completed the 2-year experience and continue to engage in practice alongside others. 

The map below shows the locations of current EEF Practice Partners & Practitioners, as well as lead contacts where available.

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Practice Partners and Practitioners are supported by Coaches:

Kim Leonard, Madeline Brandt, Matteah Spencer Reppart, and Yen Chau.

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Investment Partners

Investment Partners contribute financial resources and champion the advancement of field-wide practice of the Equitable Evaluation Framework™

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Changing and challenging norms to bring us closer to the truths we need to understand and move closer to our missions is not for the faint of heart.


We appreciate the leadership and championing of this work by those who have joined us in this endeavor — but even more than that, we are grateful for their humanity.

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