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Foundations and Evaluation: Contexts and Practices for Effective Philanthropy 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0787970772
ISBN-10: 0787970778
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A State-of-the-Art Guide to Effective Evaluation in the Foundation World

"Gathered together in this unique book on evaluation and effective foundation practice are the experience-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. . . . 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

"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, 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. Those of us who teach evaluation will find that 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, professor, University of Connecticut, and president, American Evaluation Association, 2004-05

About the Author

Marc T. Braverman is a Cooperative Extension youth development specialist in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis.

Norman A. Constantine is a senior research scientist and program director of the Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, and lecturer in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jana Kay Slater is senior research scientist at the Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787970778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787970772
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,508,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Lehman on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a nonprofit fundraiser/trainer, I often advise clients and students to include an evaluation component in their grant proposals. Sometimes it is hard to see the value of this expenditure, and nonprofit clients especially tend to see as a diversion of funds from their "real" work. This book goes a long way to answering these questions, for funders and grantees alike. The four short essays by prominent foundation presidents who have embraced evaluation in various ways provide a fascinating peek into foundation executive thinking and action. In particular, the perspective by Hodding Carter III provides a dose of reality and fortitude, in a vibrant writing style that's sure to entertain as well as inform. The first of two sections of chapters addresses foundations as a unique context for evaluation, with several forays into critical issues, including a history of foundations' use of evaluation, challenges in foundations' use of evaluation, foundation-grantee relationships, etc. The second set of chapters is more applied, including practical and non-technical coverage of making judgments about what to evaluate, adapting evaluation to foundations, evaluation for small foundations, evaluative thinking for grantees, appraising program effectiveness evidence, and communicating results to different audiences. All of these chapters should appeal to evaluators and evaluation users alike. Overall, the book is well edited, the writing is non-technical and quite accessible, and the range of topics is exciting. A book like this has been long overdue.
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