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Oh for the Love of Sticky Notes! The Changing Role of Evaluators Who Work with Foundations

Session Number: 1283
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: foundations
Session Facilitator: Julia Coffman [Director - Center for Evaluation Innovation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Tanya Beer [Associate Director - Center for Evaluation Innovation]
Time: Oct 27, 2016 (03:00 PM - 04:30 PM)
Room: A601

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract: 

Evaluators who work in philanthropy tend to find our jobs a combination of fascinating, challenging, and frustrating. Our roles and the skills we need to be effective in them have grown substantially over the years, largely in response to shifts in how foundations do their work. When foundations first started engaging with evaluation about 40 years ago, evaluators primarily needed to apply social science research skills and answer questions about the impacts of individual grants. As philanthropy has evolved in the years since, evaluators also have had to become theorists, strategists, strategic communicators, systems thinkers, and now coaches, facilitators, and trainers. Bringing a good dose of humor to the discussion, this session briefly will explore that history and its implications for evaluators, and then invite others into a discussion about how we can effectively and manage the high expectations that exist around our role.



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