Aligning Practices with Values: Evaluation as a Tool for Equity

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 -
9:00am to 1:00pm EDT
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The Council is hosting a special series of workshops focused on “Aligning Practices with Values.” Many funders have made commitments to equity, and we are providing programs and resources to support moving to impactful action.  

Foundations and nonprofits use evaluation — intentionally gathering and analyzing information about impact and programs in order to inform decisions and strategy — to ensure their efforts are forwarding their mission. 

While many individuals and organizations have begun to bring an equity and inclusion lens to their work, few have addressed the issue of how evaluation practices can be made more equitable. Who asks the questions, who owns the data, and who interprets the data — it all matters. 

This workshop will cover: 

  • Commonly held beliefs that underlie most approaches to evaluation and how they can undermine equity 
  • Core principles and frameworks of equitable evaluation 
  • Resources available to advance your own thinking and work 


Note: This workshop is an interactive experience. A workbook will be provided to participants, however, the workshop will not be recorded or made available to participants after the end of the live session. 


Dr. Teri Behrens, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Teri Behrens joined the Johnson Center in 2009 and currently serves as the executive director. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Foundation Review, the peer-reviewed journal on philanthropy published quarterly by the center. Teri is focused on embedding equity in the center’s work, building bridges between funders and nonprofits, and creating new career pathways in the sector.

Previously, Teri was the director of evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, providing leadership for the foundation’s overall evaluation program. Her early career included roles in a nonprofit organization, state government, and private consulting. Teri holds a doctorate in psychology from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Case Western Reserve University.

Melyssa Tsai O’Brien, M.P.H., Research Manager, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Melyssa Tsai O’Brien joined the Johnson Center in 2014 and currently serves as a research manager. In this role, she plans, manages, and conducts community-based research and evaluation. Projects under Melyssa’s management tend to focus on highlighting and reducing racial/ethnic, health, economic, and educational inequities. She hopes her work informs strategic decisions made by philanthropic partners, including foundations, nonprofits, government, and the people who are served, and advances equity in communities.

Previously, Melyssa worked on neighborhood health research projects at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before that, she spent several years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs Epidemiologic Research and Information Center in Seattle, Washington, coordinating health and environmental studies of Veterans and their families.


Cost: This workshop is open to all CCP members and non-member funders. The fee for CCP members is $50. For funder non-members, the fee is $150.

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If you have suggestions for future conversations, or questions, email Annie Adams, program manager. 


Advancing racial equity is at the center of our strategic plan. This year, we are dedicating resources, time, and staff capacity to support member learning spaces. 


CCP gratefully acknowledges the support of Melville Charitable Trust in our "Aligning Practices with Values" series as we work to provide critical support in the philanthropic sector to promote equity and reduce and mitigate race-based disparities.

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