Field-wide Research and Writing

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
August 2017 - July 2018

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Evaluative thinking creates fertile ground for equitable evaluation.


Nonprofits must be able to make their own case about why their voices and those of community members need to be part of the evaluation process. Building their skills to be able to shift current narratives will help us collectively evolve approaches to evaluation.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? what is happening?

We reviewed literature and conducted interviews about organizational capacity building, organizational assessment, and nonprofit leadership training. A nonprofit leadership competency model was refined by weaving in evaluative thinking with an equitable lens - making connections between leadership and ET/EE explicit. Workshops with an explicit ET/EE frame, including prompts for deeper thinking and interaction for funders and nonprofit leaders, were designed and piloted.


Not long after Howard Walters moved from Equal Measure to Kellogg, he and Jara Dean-Coffey were checking in about what was going on in both their lives. Jara talked about emerging thinking about equitable evaluation and evaluative thinking capacity building. Howard was interested in how the two might come together, given Kellogg’s long term investment and interest in nonprofit capacity building around evaluation. This project presented a ripe opportunity to partner and continue the work that had started with the initial investment in ee by Huilan Krenn.


what they are saying

"At the Kellogg Foundation, we see equitable evaluation (ee) as an approach that speaks multiple truths, contributes to racial healing, and supports authentic narratives that unpack the root causes of racially inequitable systems. We are excited to contribute to developing leadership competencies to include ee."

- Howard Walters, Program and Evaluation Officer and Huilan Krenn, Director of Learning and Impact

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