Joining Forces for Equity

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) has announced it is joining forces with peer philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) to advance the learning and practice of equitable evaluation among its members. The collaborative effort, named Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices (AAEEP), will support the important equity-focused work to which many CMF members are already committed by providing learning opportunities, resources and, eventually curricula, about equitable evaluation.

AAEEP currently includes the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, Forefront, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Northern California Grantmakers, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropy New York and Philanthropy Northwest.

Equitable evaluation seeks to help mission driven organizations naming equity or racial equity as their strategic end to use every asset, including evaluation, in service of that aim. Equitable evaluation promotes the design and implementation of culturally competent and multiculturally valid evaluative work by orienting the process toward participant partnership and expanding the analysis beyond metrics to answer critical questions about the impact of a strategy on different populations; how that strategy addresses systemic sources of inequity; and how history and cultural context affect that strategy and existing inequities.

AAEEP will be a field partner in the Equitable Evaluation Initiative. As such, CMF will help introduce its members to the latest research and information about equitable evaluation drawing upon the content and projects produced by the Equitable Evaluation Initiative and its partners. AAEEP explains that this shared commitment and collaboration will advance equitable evaluation by: building the field of practitioners, consumers, and adopters of equitable evaluation, and strengthening ties and fostering cooperation among funders around defining success, measuring impact and addressing inequity.

AAEEP will host its first joint program on September 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern). Event details are available on the Philanthropy New York website

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