Advancing Equitable Evaluation

July 11, 2019

Before I share some exciting news about equity efforts, I want to recap how the groundwork for our participation in this new effort has been built by past and current developments. Over the last several years, Philanthropy Northwest has evolved in our understanding of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and in our advocacy for equity in the philanthropic sector. Our strategy framework explains how we work and why, starting with the vision of having vibrant, healthy communities in our region. We center equity as a core value and use it to shape our work and to share content with our network of members. 

We formalized our commitment to DEI and our programs reflect our intention to influence the sector around equity. These programs include the Momentum Fellowship program, which supports the leadership of individuals from underrepresented groups in philanthropy - in particular, people of color; the Racial Equity Speaker series, which brings national speakers to the Northwest to keep the conversation on racial equity front and center; and the Grantmaking with an Equity Lens workshop, where participants strategize ways to incorporate equity in their grantmaking processes. And we continue to explore strategies to support the field in incorporating equity practices across all areas of philanthropic work.

Today, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with several other philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) to advance the learning and practice of equitable evaluation among our members. This new collaborative, known as Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices (AAEEP), supports the important equity-focused work to which many of our members are already committed and striving to implement. Our joint agreement as AAEEP partners states our commitment to helping our networks understand equitable evaluation and to digging deeper into how to create change in our own organizations.

Together with the other PSO partners, we will co-host a webinar facilitated by experts from the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI) to expand our understanding of equitable evaluation and provide context for what this work could look like going forward. Save the date of September 18, 11 a.m. PST. Email Nancy Sanabria to be notified when the webinar registration opens! 

What we do next will be informed by you! Have you already started doing equitable evaluation work? Are you interested in diving deeper on practical strategies? Are you looking for a shared learning space with other evaluators?  The webinar in September will provide you with some context, but no need to wait. Share your thoughts with us by emailing Nancy Sanabria.

We look forward to continuing to learn with you on the journey to equity.