NDE (2018)

The Evaluation Landscape: U.S. Foundation Spending on Evaluation

Author: Kinarsky, Alana R.


Foundations annually distribute over $60 billion to nonprofit organizations. In exchange for funding, nonprofits are often required to evaluate their work by collecting and sharing data that demonstrates their progress and impact. Accordingly, foundations and nonprofits represent a meaningful influence on the evaluation market. The present chapter first describes the historical development of foundations, their important role in society, and their use of evaluation. Informed by this historical account; the chapter then provides an overview of foundation spending on evaluation, detailing the number of evaluation‐related grants and funds allocated by year and by select foundations. In conclusion, the chapter considers implications for the profession and practice of evaluation and offers suggestions for future areas of research.

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Kinarsky, A.R. (2018). The evaluation landscape: U.S. foundation spending on evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation, 160, 81–96.