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A Primer About Monitoring and Evaluation, for Funders and Implementers

October 1, 2018

This primer for monitoring and evaluation was developed jointly by Giving Evidence and Keystone to help a funder-client review and rethink their monitoring and evaluation practices. It was initially developed for a funder that had solicited our services to help them review and rethink their monitoring and evaluation practices, but we feel it is relevant for a broader audience of donors and implementers. The primer established a 4-level framework covering the monitoring of inputs and outputs, results monitoring, evaluation of grantee impact and evaluation of the contributions made to impact by the funders themselves.

Knowledge Management - A Primer

October 1, 2018

Foundations create a lot more knowledge than they use, and most don't capture the full value of this data. Attached is our primer on trends in knowledge management. Learn what's changed, and discover easier ways to work. If you'd like to take advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence to generate better insights, here are tips on how to design better systems and workflows for your team. It also includes a 9-stage scale to decide how sophisticated your current approach is, and where you can improve.

Practical Innovations in Accountability: Comparative Constituency Feedback

May 1, 2017

This is a tool for obtaining feedback on a program's perception by various stakeholders (it can be applied at different points along the development value chain, between funders and grantees, and between organizations and their primary constituents). It uses a questionnaire to collect perceptions from organizations' constituents on key aspects of the organizations' performance. The questionnaire is administered simultaneously to a comparable constituency group for a cohort of similar organizations.

Assessing Grantmaker Performance Through Grantee Feedback in East Africa

October 31, 2009

Measures the performance of eight East African grantmakers in supporting social change based on a grantee survey of twenty-three indicators, including levels of expertise and influence, non-financial assistance, and application and evaluation processes.

Developing A Theory of Change

September 1, 2009

This is a best practice to obtain clarity about what needs to happen to achieve and sustain the changes, or outcomes, that want to be seen (mapping the outcome pathways to success) and to identify who (people or institutions) can influence these outcomes positively or negatively (mapping the activity ecosystem). It sets the framework for identifying impact, intermediary outcome and process indicators.

Grantee Feedback Report 2009

January 1, 2009

This report presents a summary of what 174 grant recipients (out of a total of 305 surveyed) of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) say about their experience of FCS as a grantmaker. In 2008, a group of eight East African grantmakers contracted Keystone to conduct a comparative survey of all their current grantees. The same survey instrument was simultaneously administered to the grantees of seven other East African grantmakers.This report presents the responses of the FCS grantees alongside the responses of the grantees of the other grantmakers in the group. FCS is thus able to compare the feedback it received from its grantees with how all the grantmakers were rated by their grantees. This makes it easier to identify areas of relatively strong and weak performance, and pinpoint potential areas for improvement for each individual grantmaker and across the entire field of grantmaking in East Africa. Grantee responses are grouped into six separate sections, each describing a key area of grantmaking practice:Nature of fundingApplication processMonitoring, reporting and evaluationRelationship during the grant periodNon-financial supportGrantmaker's knowledge and influence