Data-Driven Program Evaluation Hurts Equity Efforts, Say Critics
In recent years a growing number of foundations have fastidiously articulated new program goals to support people of color, people who are LBGTQ, people with low incomes, and others facing barriers to progress.
Many grantmakers have tried to increase the diversity of their staffs and have instituted diversity policies for the vendors they hire. Others have crafted detailed, step-by-step strategies that emphasize the support of advocacy and movement building to change social systems that keep certain groups of people on the margins.
But Jara Dean-Coffey says something huge is missing from all of those equity efforts — a rethinking of the way foundations measure success.
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy