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Evaluation for Grantmakers

October 29, 2014 @ 8:00 AMOctober 30, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

Philanthropy is evolving quickly, presenting new opportunities and challenges for grantmakers. Effective evaluation at your foundation can help you overcome those challenges with new solutions for your work and that of your grantees. The Grantmaking School’s Evaluation for Grantmakers gives you the opportunity to examine the history, strategy, design, and theory behind the process of evaluation and get equipped with the tools you need to respond to the diverse nature of evaluation in foundations.

Participants will find a balance among learning how to conduct evaluations, managing third-party evaluations, and understanding the importance of evaluation to various foundation and community stakeholders. Furthermore, participants will learn to think critically about applying appropriate levels of evaluation to grantmaking activities, ensuring that it provides what is needed and useful for assessing impact and continuous improvement.

Using case studies, small group discussion, and interactive activities, Evaluation for Grantmakers gives grantmakers a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and facilitated discussions led by The Grantmaking School’s expert evaluation instruction team.

Key concepts include:

  • History of evaluation,
  • Evaluation in strategic grantmaking and different types of grants,
  • Articulating program logic with logic models and theory of change frameworks,
  • Evaluation design and determining purpose and approach,
  • Building a dynamic evaluation team, and
  • Managing external evaluation.


October 29, 2014 @ 8:00 AM
October 30, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
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Johnson Center with the Western New York Grantmakers Association


Change Makers conference room inside the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
Buffalo, NY United States
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