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Evaluating Our Work

Philanthropic interventions have consequences—both positive and negative—that are often unknown at the time a grant is made. In order to learn and make better decisions in the future, we create structures that help us understand exactly what happened and evaluate the outcomes of a given grant.

Our programs regularly evaluate the strategy and content of their grants. For example, we recently engaged an outside evaluator to look at the technical assistance provided to grantees as part of the Community Leadership Project, a partnership of the Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

To better understand our approach to evaluation, read Evaluation Principles and Practices: An Internal Working Paper.