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Foundations and Evaluation: Contexts and Practices for Effective Philanthropy

Editors: Marc T. Braverman (University of California, Davis), Norman A. Constantine (Public Health Institute, and University of California, Berkeley), and Jana Kay Slater (Public Health Institute)

Funding: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Look Inside: Table of Contents, Index , Chapter 1 (pdf files)

New: Questions and replies about Chapter 12 evaluation critiques

"Gathered together in this unique book on evaluation and effective foundation practice are the experienced-based perspectives and measured insights of both seasoned practitioners and key philanthropic thought leaders. Foundations and Evaluation is a substantial think piece for grantmakers of any size." - Dorothy S. Ridings, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

"Foundations and Evaluation explores the intersection between organizational effectiveness and evaluation and demonstrates the need for commitment to evaluation throughout the foundation. It is a good read for both newcomers to evaluation and those with more experience, written by some of the most highly respected leaders in the field." - Kathleen P. Enright, Executive Director, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

"A practical guide for foundations interested in knowing how their grant dollars made a difference, Foundations and Evaluation also provides powerful arguments for the critical role of evaluation as an indispensable ingredient in effective grantmaking--and as a public benefit in its own right. This book is long overdue." - David J. Ferrero, Ed.D., Director of Evaluation, Policy, and Research-Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

"Evidence-based philanthropy is coming on strong. In this book, evaluation luminaries provide valuable advice on how to put evaluation to work for foundations. The twin emphases of the book are developing foundations' capacities to do evaluation and making sound use of the resulting evidence to advance philanthropic work. Foundation officers and boards -- and grantees, too -- can learn a lot." - Carol H. Weiss, Ph.D., Beatrice B. Whiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"This volume offers a much-needed look at an overlooked topic. As a former evaluator-on-call for a small community foundation, I created my own guidelines - and made my own mistakes - since no book like this existed. Many of the chapters in this volume would have helped me as I hacked my way through the jungle of foundation-grantee relationships and organizational cycles. Those of us who teach evaluation will find the book offers clear and useful examples of one important domain for evaluation. In fact, this book can be valuable for all evaluators, not just those in foundations." - Sharon F. Rallis, Ph.D., Professor, University of Connecticut, and President, American Evaluation Association, 2004-05

Foundations and Evaluation Workgroup:

  • John Bare, The Knight Foundation
  • Marion Bass, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Lester Baxter, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • William Beery, The Group Health Community Foundation
  • William Bickel, University of Pittsburgh
  • Deborah Bonnet, Lumina Foundation for Education
  • Marc Braverman, University of California, Davis
  • Paul Brest, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Ross Conner, University of California, Irvine
  • Norman Constantine, Public Health Institute, and UC Berkeley
  • Wendy Constantine, Research and Evaluation Systems
  • Mike Cortes, Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Jane Davidson, Western Michigan University
  • Peter Dobkin-Hall, Harvard University
  • Jennifer Greene, University of Illinois
  • Rodney Hopson, Duquesne University
  • Ernie House, University of Colorado
  • Michael Howe, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Barbara Kibbe, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • James Knickman, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Mark Kramer, The Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Judith Kroll, Council on Foundations
  • Victor Kuo, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Carol Larson, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Laura Leviton, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Melvin Mark, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kent McGuire, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation
  • Marli Melton, Community Foundation for Monterey County
  • Ricardo Millett, Woods Fund of Chicago
  • Patricia Patrizi, Patrizi Associates
  • Michael Patton, Union Institute & University
  • Edward Pauly, Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds
  • Carolina Reyes, The California Endowment
  • Debra Rog, Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies
  • Michael Scriven, Claremont Graduate University
  • Jana Kay Slater, Public Health Institute