Maximizing Learning Across Investments Recommendations for Funders

Maximizing Learning Across Investments Recommendations for Funders

Published: Nov 30, 2023
Associated Project

Evaluating the Development of Middle Years Math Teaching and Learning Solutions

Time frame: 2018 - 2023

Prepared for:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Greg Chojnacki

Key Findings
  • Before releasing a request for proposals and awarding grants, funders should develop their learning goals, plan their measurement and evaluation (M&E) approach, and communicate expectations to prospective grantees.
  • A learning partner can support funders and their grantees to design and carry out a learning plan, build the capacity of grantees to conduct their own M&E activities, and interpret and share findings that drive decision making and program improvement.
When investing in a new or evolving program, product, or practice (a solution), it can be challenging to determine the right measurement and evaluation (M&E) activities that will uncover whether a solution works, for whom, and in what context. This challenge is more complex when investing in multiple solutions at the same time. This set of recommendations can help funders structure an M&E process that supports cross-grantee learning while balancing the priorities of the funder, the grantees, and the communities where research will take place.

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