Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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The intersection of evaluation & strategy: Exploring the role and tools needed for evaluators to be at the strategy table

Session Number: 1507
Track: Nonprofit and Foundations
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: complexity, Foundation, learning, strategy
Session Facilitator: Jewlya Lynn [Founder & Chief Learning Officer - Spark Policy Institute]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Hallie Preskill [Managing Director - FSG]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Marcie Parkhurst [Deputy Director, Strategy & Learning - Walton Family Foundation]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Tanya Beer [Associate Director - Center for Evaluation Innovation]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (03:15 PM - 04:15 PM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8209

Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Session Abstract (150 words): 

When evaluation and foundation strategy are intertwined, they support real-time learning practices that range from making major decisions about overall grantmaking strategies to experimenting with tactical shifts in existing strategy. Evaluators and foundations working in complex settings are increasingly embracing and experimenting with this concept of evaluation and strategy as partners. This session is designed to codify some of the insights evaluators are gaining as they join the strategy table, including exploring how to reframe evaluation’s role in strategy, practical ways that evaluation can become embedded into strategy, the roles that evaluation can take on, and the implications for the skills of evaluators. It will begin with a presentation based on the facilitators’ experiences and lessons learned. From there, a robust discussion of audience experience will be used to generate insights that can guide the field, to be including in a pending white paper.

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