Due Date: 10/29/21
Funder: Ford Foundation
About the Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent organization, led by a distinguished board of trustees whose 16 members hail from four continents and bring leadership and expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Across eight decades, the Ford Foundation has invested in innovative ideas, visionary individuals, and frontline institutions advancing human dignity around the world. The Foundation is guided by a vision of social justice—a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the protection and full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.
About the Opportunity
There is much to be done to bolster the number (and power) of evaluators who are 1) from other, less represented categories of class, geography, religion, race, disability, gender, educational backgrounds, and the various intersections therein, and who are 2) doing equity-oriented evaluation. Ford’s Office of Strategy and Learning (OSL) seeks to leverage the current window of opportunity related to global conversations about evaluation and equity and invest limited resources to bring together those who are already committed to evaluation and equity to find ways to more effectively engage non-like-minded funders and agencies. In particular, the Foundation wants to better understand the ecosystem (both supply and demand) of international evaluation. Ford wants to interrogate questions like the following: on the supply side, what are the key institutions focused on teaching Global South evaluators and what is the focus of their curricula? What are the hubs and networks for Global South evaluators? On the demand side, who is commissioning evaluations and from which sectors, with equity (both the who and the what) at the center?
Ford’s Office of Strategy and Learning is seeking a research partner(s) to conduct a landscape
analysis to advance understanding of the current state of affairs relative to equity-oriented evaluation in international development and human rights work. The Foundation is open-minded with regards to what this might entail, and have listed our initial ideas below:
- Current state (map) of supply relative to programs and initiatives graduating diverse Global South evaluators and their curricula;
- Current state of demand for equity-oriented evaluation by commissioners of evaluation in international development and human rights work;
- Gaps and opportunities to increase the supply of diverse evaluators working on equity-oriented international development evaluations; and
- Gaps and opportunities to increase the demand among international development funders that commission equity-oriented evaluations by diverse evaluators.
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