Coffee Beans

Take a Coffee Break

Connecting Funders and Evaluators 1:1

Through Expanding the Bench® (ETB) Coffee Breaks, Evaluators and Funders of Evaluation have the opportunity to virtually network and build relationships while focusing on the practice of culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE). The ETB Team matches each pair for a 1:1 chat based on focus areas and interests with support provided along the way!

Coffee Breaks are exclusively offered to Evaluators from the Advancing Culturally-responsive and Equitable (ACE) Evaluation Network and Evaluators who are Alumni from the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Program for free. 

Funders of Evaluation can participate in Coffee Breaks by subscribing to the Pricing Model. Your financial support allows us to continue to offer current and expanded services to Evaluators who participate in our programs at no cost. 

Sign Up for Coffee Breaks!

Coffee Breaks are offered year-round. ACE Evaluation Network Members and LEEAD Alumni, please email to sign up. Funders of Evaluation, please visit the Pricing Model subscription page below to sign up.

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Why do we host Coffee Breaks?

*NOTE: Coffee Breaks are intended to serve as a “get-to-know-you” opportunity, focused on networking and relationship-building. While these meetings may lead to direct conversation about work, proposals, and contracts, this is not an expected part of the conversation.

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What’s the process?

Coffee Breaks are offered year-round with designated Coffee break months, here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Coffee Breaks by completing complete an inquiry form that will help us match you with an Evaluator from the ACE Evaluation Network or LEEAD Program or a Funder by focus area and other preferences. Funders will need to subscribe to the Pricing Model first before getting access to the inquiry form.
  2. Once matched, you will be introduced by email to another participant during a Coffee Break month. The sign-ups for Coffee Breaks will be open year-round, so don’t forget to sign-up before a Coffee Break month to be introduced in time!
  3. Connect with your match by email to coordinate a date and time that works for the both of you. Participants are encouraged to meet during the Coffee Break month.
  4. After the meeting, complete a short survey after the Coffee Break month and share your experiences and feedback with us.

To support connections within the ETB Evaluator community, ACE Evaluation Network Members and LEEAD Alumni can indicate interest meeting with fellow Evaluators and/or Funders of Evaluation. Funders will be matched with Evaluators from the ACE Evaluation Network or LEEAD Program.


If you have any questions about Coffee Breaks or the sign-up process please email the team.

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