The Evaluation Roundtable is a network of foundation evaluation leaders that seeks to improve how foundations learn about the results of their grantmaking and increase the impact of their work.

The centerpiece of the Evaluation Roundtable is our convenings, which allows participants to step back and delve into substantive issues that they rarely get a chance to discuss.

We also study and publish research on foundation effectiveness so that evaluators and foundation staff can understand, debate and improve foundation practice.

A highlight of our meetings is a teaching case study that examines a particularly complex evaluation and program issue. Our teaching encourages participants to grapple with and find solutions to common dilemmas facing foundations.

Because we convene evaluation and program staff, we look at issues from multiple points of views. Participants engage in lively discussions that help them to gain new insights.

Article: This May 2014 brief highlights common cognitive traps that can trip up philanthropic decision making, and suggests straightforward steps to counteract them.
Article: This Fall 2013 journal article in The Foundation Review identifies three traps that hinder foundations' ability to learn and adapt, along with solutions for addressing them.
Article: This Summer 2013 journal article in The Foundation Review offers eight findings based on 2012 data about the positioning and resourcing of evaluation in foundations.
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