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Walton Family Foundation COVID Relief Fund Evaluation Final Report

June 13, 2022

In March 2020, the Walton Family Foundation established an emergency grant fund to quickly deploy resources to grantees and communities in response to the significant and evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $35 million fund was designed to support organizations across all three of WFF's Program Areas (Education, Environment, and Home Region).The Foundation's Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED) and Public Profit, an evaluation and strategy firm, conducted a retrospective evaluation to learn more about the experience of the emergency grantmaking process and the impact of the COVID Relief Fund grants on grantees and communities. 

Your RFP for Evaluation Services is Terrible - You Can Fix It!

June 15, 2016

Bad RFPs for evaluation frustrate everyone.OK, maybe we are being too harsh. But requests for proposals for evaluation services are oftentimes terrible. They read like a mash-up of Mad Libs contract language and evaluation jargon, and almost never provide evaluators with all the information they need to respond.This guide provides step-by-step instructions for preparing an RFP that will yield high-quality proposals and stronger evaluation services for your organization.

Dabbling in the Data: A Hands-on Guide to Participatory Data Analysis

September 15, 2015

You're encouraged to use data to describe your program's benefit, but where to start? Lengthy reports and big spreadsheets are hard to interpret and don't always help to prioritize next steps or plan for program improvement. For many people, data analysis can seem like a daunting task, requiring specialized knowledge and years of training. This guide provides a gentle introduction to practical approaches to explore and analyze data commonly used in youth-serving organizations. The activities in this guide are suitable for a variety of group sizes and stakeholders so that you can draw on the experiences, knowledge, and insights from everyone involved in your program, including youth!