The Evaluation Roundtable is housed at the Center for Evaluation Innovation, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that is pushing evaluation practice in new ways and into new arenas.


Julia Coffman
Julia is founder and director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation. She has more than 20 years of experience as an evaluator, working with foundations and nonprofits to use evaluation for strategic learning. She specializes in the evaluation of advocacy, public policy, and systems change efforts. Prior to founding the Center, Julia spent 15 years with the Harvard Family Research Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Tanya Beer
Tanya is associate director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation. Tanya has a broad range of evaluation experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Prior to joining the Center, she was Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Learning at The Colorado Trust, a private foundation focused on improving the health and well being of all Coloradans.
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UK Roundtable Director

Ben Cairns
Ben is co-founder and director of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research and has more than 25 years' experience with the voluntary sector as a volunteer, manager, trustee, and researcher. Ben is an Honorary Research Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London and Strategic Adviser to the Center for Evaluation Innovation.


Patricia Patrizi
Patti is the founder and former director of the Evaluation Roundtable. She began it while serving as head of Evaluation and Planning at The Pew Charitable Trusts. After her departure from Pew, other Roundtable participants asked Patti to establish the Roundtable more formally. In addition to advising on the Roundtable, Patti has her own consulting firm, Patrizi Associates, which helps foundations develop and refine their strategic approaches and evaluates foundation strategies and initiatives.

US and Canada Roundtable Participants

The most recent Roundtable event included the following funders.

  • American Jewish World Service (New York, NY)
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD)
  • Atkinson Foundation (Toronto, Canada)
  • Barr Foundation (Boston, MA)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA)
  • Bruner Foundation (Cambridge, MA)
  • Bush Foundation (St. Paul, MN)
  • Centraide Montreal (Montreal, Canada)
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Los Altos, CA)
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Fetzer Institute (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (Hartford, CT)
  • Hawaii Community Foundation (Honolulu, HI)
  • International Development Research Centre (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • John Templeton Foundation (West Conshohocken, PA)
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (Montreal, Quebec)
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL)
  • Lumina Foundation (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (Eden Prairie, MN)
  • Mat-Su Health Foundation (Wasilla, AK)
  • Maytree Foundation (Toronto, Canada)
  • Metcalf Foundation (Toronto, Canada)
  • New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Open Society Foundations (New York, NY)
  • Otto Bremer Foundation (St. Paul, MN)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ)
  • S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
  • Sierra Health Foundation (Sacramento, CA)
  • Skoll Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)
  • The California Endowment (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Colorado Health Foundation (Denver, CO)
  • The Colorado Trust (Denver, CO)
  • The Commonwealth Fund (New York, NY)
  • The Duke Endowment (Charlotte, NC)
  • The MasterCard Foundation (Toronto, Ontario)
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • The Skillman Foundation (Detrtoit, MI)
  • The Wallace Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Walton Family Foundation (Bentonville, AR)
  • Wellspring Advisors (New York, NY)
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Menlo Park, CA)

UK Roundtable Participants

  • Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • BBC Children in Need
  • City Bridge Trust
  • Comic Relief
  • Cripplegate Foundation
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • John Ellerman Foundation
  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • LankellyChase Foundation
  • Local Trust
  • Nominet Trust
  • Northern Rock Foundation
  • Oak Foundation
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Pears Foundation
  • Porticus UK
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • The Legal Education Foundation
  • The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
  • The Rank Foundation
  • The Tudor Trust
  • Trust for London

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