Webinar: When Foundations and Evaluators Effectively Partner for Strategic Learning and Impact

February 7, 2019 — 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Presented by Learning for Action.

Increasingly, foundations are looking to evaluation consultants to play the role of “strategic learning partner,” drawing on our technical, facilitative, and evaluative thinking skills. The Learning Partner role typically has at least two dimensions to it: 1) to put in place frameworks, systems, and processes to ensure actionable information is generated to understand the outcomes of their grantmaking and beyond-the-check activities and 2) to build the culture and practices of putting evaluative information to use to make ongoing refinements and improvements to their strategy, investments, and other efforts to contribute to impact. From developing foundational frameworks, such as a Theory of Philanthropy and Theories of Change for major strategies or portfolios of investment to putting in place metrics and data sources, to designing and facilitating regular reflection sessions among staff and members of the Board, the consultant must balance the interests and requests for information of grantees (and other partners) with critical considerations such as managing the cost of the effort and minimizing burden on all involved – while ensuring the process and implementation requirements are consistent with core values, including equity. In this webinar, LFA will share their journey as a strategic learning partner alongside the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Joined by Lisa Dacey, Program Operations Manager for Packard’s Population and Reproductive Health program, Steven LaFrance and Rachel Hall of LFA will discuss what this partnership has looked like, how LFA’s role has evolved over time, and how together, the LFA and Packard team have worked to cultivate the pillars of an effective learning organization – including examples of success and failures learned through the reflection process that has informed shifts in strategy and strategy implementation over time. Participants in this webinar will:

  • Gain knowledge about the tools and frameworks for developing an effective system for evaluation and strategic learning system within a foundation
  • Increase understanding of how to support the advancement of a strong learning culture and practices within foundations
  • Acquire insights into the types of skills and skillsets required to successfully support a foundation in a learning partner role


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NNCG Members:  FREE
Non-Members: $55.00
2-webinar package*:  $100.00
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