Learning in trusts and foundations
In the face of rising need and existential threat to many sectors and services, the decision that each foundation makes about how best to use its relative financial stability has never felt more important. And to be the best that they can be, foundations need to be thoughtful and reflective. Which is why learning is critical: balancing data with intuition; combining evidence with instinct.
IVAR is facilitating online sessions of the Evaluation Roundtable Community of Practice for foundation staff leading on evaluation and learning. Their ideas on how to put learning at the heart of foundations’ responses to Covid-19 can be found here.
The question is “what can we do better”, not “what is the right answer”. Then we can try out multiple ‘better’ things quickly and back the ones that work.
Finding a path through complexity
Ben Cairns, Houda Davis, Liz Firth
This briefing draws on the contributions of learning and evaluation staff from 13 foundations, and offers our reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise.
How do we collate all this informal learning into something that trustees recognise as valid?
Learning through lockdown
05 November 2020
How you make grants is as important as what you fund
Kate Peters | Community Foundation for Surrey
In the fourth of our learning from lockdown blog series, Kate Peters describes how the Community Foundation for Surrey has begun to embrace a different philosophy of grant-making: 'How you make grants is as important as what you fund'.
29 October 2020
Old dogs, new tricks?
Oliver French | Lankelly Chase
In the third of our learning from lockdown blog series, Oliver French, from Lankelly Chase, reflects on what he and colleagues have been learning about what’s been made visible, possible and necessary as the covid-19 pandemic has unfolded.
21 October 2020
Promoting equitable, inclusive and transparent grant making
Himali Dave | UMI Fund
In the second of our learning from lockdown blog series, Himali Dave (Urban Movement Innovation Fund), reflects on what she and colleagues have been learning about how best to support organisations to create a collective impact.
14 October 2020
Making ‘relational’ real: Our experience of funding during Covid
Hazel Robertson | The Robertson Trust
The first in our new series of blogs about learning from funding during Covid, Hazel Robertson reflects on The Robertson Trust's experience of funding during Covid.
03 September 2020
Joined at the hip: Why you can’t make good grants without investing in learning
Learning within trusts and foundations is critical: balancing data with intuition; combining evidence with instinct. Here are four things evaluation and learning staff have shared, through the Evaluation Roundtable Community of Practice, that help make sense of how learning informs decision-making.
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