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The Evaluation
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With thanks to the long-term sponsors of the Evaluation Roundtable:

Since 2014, IVAR has convened the UK Evaluation Roundtable which offers independent trusts and foundations an opportunity to gather and reflect on the design, development and use of different approaches to evaluation and learning. As well as a convening every 18 months, a smaller Community of Practice for foundation staff leading on evaluation and learning began meeting in October 2019.



























The roundtable is for leaders in evaluation, including CEOs, directors of evaluation, learning or impact, senior programme and grants officers with the authority to effect change in their organisations. Participants have challenged one another to think more deeply and concretely about how grant makers can engage in learning and increase their ability, and that of grantees and partners, to achieve the results they seek.



























This page is home to resources, updates and ways to get involved to support individuals on their learning journeys.

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It really helped stimulate my thinking about work we are doing to develop more of a learning culture in our organisation.

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Convening for trusts and foundations every 18 months to explore and reflect on the design, development and use of different approaches to evaluation and learning.

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The Evaluation Roundtable Community of Practice is a space where evaluation and learning staff can share challenges and dilemmas, and learn from each other’s experiences in a safe space.

Resources for Learning


 


We will publish teaching cases and other resources here to support learning across the sector.


 


 


Find out more

If you are interested in attending our roundtable events or want to find out more, please contact Houda at:

houda@ivar.org.uk

Attendance is by invitation only but we warmly encourage you to get in touch.

Evaluation covers a broad range of activities:
  • Performance management e.g. reporting and monitoring
  • Knowledge management








  • Organisational learning
  • Strategic learning










 


Here, the term is used to represent the suite of foundations’ evaluation related activities focusing on the use of, and demand for, evaluative information rather than solely on evaluation.

 


Within the Community of Practice, we use the term learning to mean ‘not monitoring, not impact assessment, not log frames, not descriptive reports, but properly focused, informed consideration of truly mission-critical questions – about both strategy and practice – which lead to action’. When we talk about the learning system, we are thinking about ‘planners and decision-makers at all levels, faced with complex questions where there is no “right answer” … finding a way forward by using a range of data and insights to inform their thinking and their actions’.
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Latest reports

Report cover for funder briefing: finding a path through complexity.

Briefing papers:

Finding a path through complexity


Exploring the data vacuum/avalanche; managing trustee expectations; and creating space to learn. Discussions identify ways learning staff are achieving clarity of purpose and a sense of progress within complexity.

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Publications:

Learning in Uncertainty


With a growing appetite for learning within trusts and foundations to ensure the Covid-19 crisis acts as a transformational moment, how do we ensure our progress is sustained?

Blogs

Events

Coming up:

Community of Practice
16th November 2021, 10:00 – 11:30

Community of Practice –
24th November 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 

Evaluation roundtable convening: ‘Giving learning a seat at the strategy table’  –
Spring 2022































Find out more

If you are interested in attending our roundtable events or want to find out more, please contact Houda at:

houda@ivar.org.uk

Attendance is by invitation only but we warmly encourage you to get in touch.

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