Evaluating the Madison Initiative

In March of 2014, when we recommended an initial three-year, $50 million phase of exploratory grantmaking for the Madison Initiative to the Hewlett Foundation board, we noted in our proposal memo that “the democratic system we want to change is more accurately described as a system of systems (and subsystems) on a national scale. These 

Understanding the global OER landscape

To inform the Education program’s Open Educational Resources (OER) strategy refresh in 2019, the foundation worked with Redstone Strategy Group on an analysis of the global landscape for OER. The project aimed to understand the existing evidence base outside the U.S. context, including priority research and potential gaps to be filled; identify current and prospective 

Evaluation principles and practices: Second edition

Evaluation is an explicit element of our strategy lifecycle (described in Outcome-Focused Philanthropy), and is meant to be practiced with frequency, intensity, and skill across all of our programs. In 2012, we harmonized our approach to evaluation across our programs, with input from staff and external advisors. This resulted in our first commonly defined set 

Demographic snapshot of U.S. grantees: Preliminary findings

Last year, the Hewlett Foundation began collecting information about the demographic makeup of our grantees—the latest chapter in an ongoing, institution-wide effort we began in 2013 to improve our practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Having started with internal operations and workplace culture, we had already begun tracking and publicly sharing our board and…

Grantee Perception Reports

Since 2003, the Hewlett Foundation has regularly commissioned a “Grantee Perception Report” to get feedback from grantees on our performance and our relationship with their organizations. The survey is conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), and contains a mix of quantitative and qualitative responses, benchmarked against our own past performances as well as 

Renewing our support for arts education policy and advocacy

Dear reader                Albert Hope, integrity, quiet who likes drawing who feels like a calm breeze who wants to be liked who needs art at the center of my world                Trying   Albert’s poem found me at an arts education convening in Fresno in 2013. It was arranged…

California Arts Education Data Project San Francisco Bay Area Reports

The California Arts Education Data Project provides tools to view California Department of Education data on enrollment by grade level for arts courses delivered at California traditional public and charter schools from schools with grades 6 through 12. In 2018, the Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts Program commissioned Quadrant Research to provide regional and county-level reports 

Lessons from the boreal forest

For nearly 20 years, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been supporting grantees, working with First Nations, to conserve Canada’s boreal forest for its cultural, ecological, and economic benefits. The boreal is one of the world’s largest intact ecosystems and its third-largest wetland, providing critical habitat for polar bears, wolverines, and more than 300 

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