At the Oishei Foundation, evaluation and learning efforts are not just the purview of the department of strategy, research, and evaluation. Rather, evaluation and learning is a culture and set of practices that intertwine with every aspect of our work as grantmakers.
To develop our evaluation strategy, we studied trends and best practices in philanthropy, and worked with a nationally recognized expert to determine the role of evaluation in achieving our overall strategic goals.
Our thoughtful, forward-thinking, five-year plan (2017-2021) identifies our strategic goals, provides a clear framework for maximizing our impact, and outlines how we will continue to serve our community
For far too long, sections of our community have been racked by disinvestment, by unequal access to quality education and health care, by inadequate, unsafe housing and by high poverty and unemployment rates.
Does this sound familiar? Your foundation is committed to evaluation, but it struggles to keep pace with meaningful reporting that drives accountability, learning and impact. Knowledge sharing is a mantra, but staff never has sufficient bandwidth.
Oishei Leaders is a leadership development and relationship building initiative created by The John R. Oishei Foundation. It is a uniquely unstructured effort that brings local nonprofit leaders together for the purposes of building synergies, exchanging best practices, and generating new ideas for improving our community.