Measuring our accountability to movement: CCF leaders share a flipped mindset for evaluation at CHANGE Philanthropy’s Unity Summit
At the 2021 Unity Summit in October 25-28, 2021, Common Counsel Foundation leaders presented virtually to foundation staff and leaders across the country who are committed to advancing equity with an intersectional lens.
Jazmin Segura, Director of Fund for an Inclusive California partnered with Maricela Piña, the Learning and Evaluation lead of the Fund to discuss how they have approached this work as a way to measure how the fund is accountable to community partners.
As more foundations step into support social justice movements and grassroots organizing, it is imperative that as a sector we do our own work to dismantle harmful practices that we perpetuate – so that this influx of funding and support does not come with an influx of extractive, top-down philanthropy.Jazmin Segura
In their session Mindset Shift: Measuring Accountability to Movements, the team shares tangible approaches and practices they use to ensure Learning and Evaluation is used to break out of inequitable power dynamics and make us stronger partners and funders to the grassroots movement.
While learning and evaluation is typically used to measure how organizations are delivering, this outdated dynamic puts burden on organizations and sustains the unbalanced power of philanthropy to dictate outcomes and priorities to communities.