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Sample Request for Reply Letter

August 26, 2004

Dear <author>,

I am writing to invite you to provide a written response to a critique of your article <article citation> that appears in a book to be published this month by Jossey-Bass. The response will be posted on a web site that is referenced in the book.

The book is titled "Foundations and Evaluation: Contexts and Practices for Effective Philanthropy." I am a co-editor of the book, together with Marc Braverman and Jana Kay Slater. The book provides unique institutional perspectives on evaluation from four nationally prominent foundation presidents, together with 14 chapters written by leading experts on a variety of topics related to understanding foundations as a context for evaluation, and building capacity for evaluation in foundations. A table of contents is attached. More information about the book is on the book's website at

The critique of your article appears in Chapter 12, which I authored with Marc Braverman, titled "Appraising Evidence on Program Effectiveness." A footnote in the chapter states that:

In the spirit of constructive criticism and rational debate, written responses will be sought from the authors of all studies critiqued in this chapter, and posted at

A copy of the chapter will be provided upon request. Please let me know whether or not you would be willing to write a reply to our critique. If you are not interested in doing so, we would appreciate your suggestion of a coauthor or someone else who is familiar with your article who might be willing to provide a reply. It is our intent to find the best spokesperson possible to reply to each of the critiques in the chapter, with each article's first author as the first choice.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. If I can provide further information, please do not hesitate to call or email.


Norm Constantine, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist and Program Director

cc: Marc Braverman, Ph.D.