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BrunFnd label Effectiveness Initiatives
  • Reflections on Building Evaluative Capacity

    The Bruner Foundation has been committed to supporting and studying Evaluative Capacity Building for 20 years. The Foundation is also committed to sharing results of this work with the philanthropic, nonprofit and evaluation communities in order to inform their decisions regarding investments in building, assessing and maintaining evaluative capacity. To that end the Foundation offers a framework for understanding evaluation and evaluative capacity; descriptions of multiple strategies to accomplish evaluative capacity building; a discussion of the potential benefits and innate challenges of evaluative capacity building; a summary of our newest findings about evaluative capacity and organizational change; and recommendations about what it takes to sustain and support evaluative capacity*.


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    *The Foundation defines evaluative capacity as the integration of evaluation skills and evaluative thinking into everyday organizational practice to ensure not only stronger programs, but also stronger, more effective organizations better able to deliver on their missions.