CEP seeks to influence foundations to be more effective.
While it’s difficult to know precisely our ultimate impact, we monitor a set of indicators to gauge our performance. We also commission external evaluations, such as this recent one from LFA that analyzed CEP’s influence on its target audience through a survey and interviews.
Our working definition of foundation effectiveness guides us. Everything we do is in service of helping more foundations to exemplify foundation effectiveness.
We make all third-party evaluations of our work public.
Additional third-party evaluations:
Formative Evaluation of YouthTruth December 2010: Full Report
“I just had a chance to review your new publication, Room for Improvement, and I am just thrilled that you all conducted the research and are publishing a report confirming that nonprofits need help with assessment and self-evaluation. I think this report can only be helpful to our work and our grantees, and I hope we can be helpful in furthering the conversation and helping to provide a few answers to some of the questions raised in the study. Thanks again for doing the research and for the report. We will be sharing it with others as we do our work.”
– Lissette Rodriguez, Director of Capacity Building Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
“The CEP conference is a high priority for our senior leadership. It provides a good mix of thought-provoking presentations on big picture issues, insights from CEP’s latest research, and a practical focus on how grantmakers can use data to drive organizational performance and greater impact.”
-Kate Wolford, President The McKnight Foundation