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As a foundation committed to improving the health of Coloradans, 重要的是,我们理解并分享我们是如何做出改变的. 学习和评估是一种告知和改进我们工作的方法,并帮助他人理解我们的方法.



Learning and evaluation have always been central to our practice, 因为我们相信他们有潜力帮助我们在工作中做得更好. 学习和评估帮助我们对我们所服务的社区负责——总是问自己我们是否按照自己的价值观生活, whether the assumptions we have hold true, 以及我们是否帮助社区在对他们来说很重要的健康问题上取得进展.

We believe that learning is core to strategy, and evaluation is one way we gather data to inform our learning. Our learning and evaluation work helps us:

  • Do better planning. 我们过去和现在的工作经验和证据被用来指导我们决定什么将是最有效的前进道路.
  • Carry the work out well. 在我们工作的整个生命周期中不断的学习和改进使我们能够评估正在发生的事情, learn from it, 做出改变,帮助我们满足社区的需求,并产生最大的影响.
  • Understand impact. 我们评估了我们的工作在多大程度上帮助科罗拉多州社区在改善卫生公平方面取得进展.

A Model for Excellence

Evaluation Model Chart

以确保我们的投资能够有效地实现我们的使命, our evaluation model incorporates four major components:

  • 提供证据,帮助我们回答运营和战略问题
  • Synthesizing the evidence to learn about how we can improve
  • 用我们所学到的来指导我们的决定,并在需要的时候做出修正
  • 评估我们的工作对改善科罗拉多州人健康的影响

评估可以采取许多不同的形式,并使用许多不同的方法和度量策略. Some questions are best addressed through simple monitoring data, while other questions require more in-depth evaluation. 我们可能还会问很多不同类型的问题.

Because of this, every evaluation project looks different, depending on the questions we are trying to answer.

As we learn from our work, we believe that we should be sharing learnings with our grantees, our partners and other philanthropies. 我们一直在寻找有效的方法,以一种对所有合作伙伴都有用的方式来交流我们所学的东西.

Our Work is Centered in Equity

Since 2017, the Learning & 评估部门已经将镜子转向我们自己的评估实践,因为我们试图更好地使我们的工作与公平原则相一致. We have been deeply informed by the work of the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI)这是一个为期五年的努力,正在建立一个实践领域围绕 Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF), with a specific focus on philanthropic evaluation.

EEF既为我们的团队提供了一个起点,也为我们的团队思考如何改变自己的实践,使其与公平原则保持一致提供了一个框架. 它邀请我们与评估建立一种不同的关系——改变我们存在的方式, thinking and doing. In practice, EEF挑战评估者不断质疑世界卫生组织之类的事情, what and why of evaluation:

  • Who gets to make choices about this evaluation? Who is making meaning and drawing conclusions about the data?
  • What is the focus of the evaluation? Which perspectives are prioritized and which are missing?
  • Why are we answering this set of questions? Why are we choosing this particular methodology?

As we discover better ways to center equity in our work, 我们继续参与一个不断学习和遗忘的过程.

More About How We Think and Practice

下面的博客文章、文章和案例研究将为我们的学习提供一个视角 & Evaluation team thinks and practices: