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Strategy, Learning & Evaluation

The mission of WFF’s Strategy, Learning, & Evaluation Department (SLED) is to engage WFF program areas, grantees, and philanthropic partners with rigorous and inclusive evidence that fosters continuous learning for transformative impact.

For more information, read WFF’s Approach to Strategy, Learning & Evaluation and Guide to Measuring Success.

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Strategic Learning

Strategic Learning is the collection and use of data and insights to inform decision making about strategy, so that our strategies are nimble and evolve to reflect what we know, to accelerate the pace and maximize the impact of WFF and our partners.

For more information, read our Introduction to Strategic Learning at WFF and Guide to Strategy Micro-Shifts.

To support our strategic learning efforts, we’ve also developed a Before- and After-Action Review tool that you may find helpful as well.

Grant Evaluation

The Walton Family Foundation is committed to the practice of strategic philanthropy, including both structured planning as well as evaluation and learning. This approach informs all our grantmaking strategies and our efforts to learn from our own work and the work of our grantees. Through this approach, WFF and our grantees remain accountable for learning and strategic adaptation in service of social and environmental impact. Performance measures are an important tool for how we approach strategic learning and evaluation here at WFF.

We use performance measurement to help understand, learn from, and improve the Foundation’s strategies and the work of grantees. Grantees are responsible for generating a set of draft performance measures as part of the initial proposal development process. These draft measures are then reviewed by the grantee’s Program Officer, revised (as necessary) in collaboration with the grantee, and approved by the Strategy, Learning, & Evaluation Department (SLED).

We look forward to continuing to partner with our grantees to better understand the most effective ways of addressing the problems we seek to work on together. All Walton Family Foundation grant applicants are encouraged to review the materials below, which explain how to compose complete and useful performance measures that can help drive shared learning, strategic adaptation, and greater impact.

Metrics Bank
This online tool helps grantees build strong performance measures by customizing over 300 model metrics. Grantees are not required to use the Metrics Bank, but we hope it will be a valuable tool and help streamline the process of developing strong performance measures.

Once grantees register with the Metrics Bank, they may start customizing a selection of model metrics to reflect the nature of their work.

For more information, read the step-by-step guide or go straight to the Metrics Bank.

Please email info@metricsbank.wffmail.com with any questions.
Grant Metric Development Guides
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Performance Measures

Performance measures play an important role in grantmaking – to help grantees and the Walton Family Foundation understand if goals have been achieved during the grant period. In these videos, grantees will learn how to establish performance measures, which can determine the success of project and provide valuable learnings along the way.

Developing Good Performance Measures for K-12 Education Grants

Developing Good Performance Measures for K-12 Education Grants
Performance measures play an important role in grantmaking – to help grantees and the Walton Family Foundation understand if goals have been achieved during the grant period. In this video, grantees will learn how to establish performance measures, which can determine the success of project and provide valuable learnings along the way.

Developing Good Performance Measures for Environment Grants

Developing Good Performance Measures for Environment Grants
Performance measures play an important role in grantmaking – to help grantees and the Walton Family Foundation understand if goals have been achieved during the grant period. In this video, grantees will learn how to establish performance measures, which can determine the success of project and provide valuable learnings along the way.

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