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As a foundation committed to improving the health of Coloradans, 重要的是,我们要理解并分享我们是如何做出改变的. 学习和评估是一种方式来告知和改进我们的工作,并帮助其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更好地工作. 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, 我们是否在帮助社区解决对他们来说很重要的健康问题.

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. 我们从过去和目前的工作中吸取的教训和证据将为我们的决策提供最有效的前进道路.
  • 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社区在改善科罗拉多州的卫生公平方面取得进展.

A Model for Excellence

Evaluation Model Chart

为了确保我们的投资有效地实现我们的使命, our evaluation model incorporates four major components:

  • 提供证据,帮助我们回答操作和战略问题
  • Synthesizing the evidence to learn about how we can improve
  • 使用我们所学到的知识来指导我们的决策,并根据需要进行航向修正
  • 评估我们的工作对改善科罗拉多人健康的影响

评价可以采取多种不同的形式,采用多种不同的方法和测量策略. Some questions are best addressed through simple monitoring data, while other questions require more in-depth evaluation. 我们可能还想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式,以一种对我们所有合作伙伴都有用的方式来沟通我们正在学习的东西.

Our Work is Centered in Equity

Since 2017, the Learning & 在我们努力使我们的工作更好地符合公平原则的时候,评估部门已经把镜子对准了我们自己的评估实践. We have been deeply informed by the work of the Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI)这是一个五年的努力,围绕着建立一个实践领域 Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF), with a specific focus on philanthropic evaluation.

EEF为我们的团队提供了一个起点和脚手架,让他们思考如何改变我们自己的实践,使之与公平原则保持一致. 这是在邀请我们与评价建立一种不同的关系——改变我们现在的生活方式, thinking and doing. In practice, EEF要求评估人员不断质疑世界卫生组织这样的机构, 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

以下的博客文章、文章和案例研究可以让你了解我们是如何学习的 & Evaluation team thinks and practices: