Assessing your foundation’s effectiveness can be inherently challenging, because there is no single measure of impact or effectiveness. For foundation leaders who wish to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement, CEP’s assessment tools provide actionable insights into your work with and influence on key stakeholders, including applicants, grantees, donors, and staff. Unlike other surveys and consultants, we base our insights and recommendations on years of comparative data that allow for meaningful benchmarking.
"At the Packard Foundation, we take grantee feedback seriously. We have engaged CEP five times over the past 9 years to survey our grantees and develop a Grantee Perception Report. It’s become a regular and important tool for checking in with our grantees and reflecting on what’s working and what could be improved with our grantmaking practices across the Foundation.
"The growing comparative data set and the historical data for our own performance are huge assets when it comes to interpreting results and setting priorities for improving our practice. In short, the GPR has become an important part of how we make sense of how we’re doing across our diverse programs and portfolios and how we can get better."
–Diana Scearce, Evaluation and Learning Director David and Lucile Packard Foundation
More than 300 funders have received insights into their performance by subscribing to one or more of CEP’s assessment tools. CEP can also provide custom analyses, such as comparison to peer foundations that are similar in key areas such as size, programmatic focus, or geography.
Starting in 2013, all of CEP’s major assessment results are now available via a secure online portal, offering you a high level of access and control over your results over time. Click here for a video tour of the system.
CEP’s expert staff will work with you to ensure that these tools deliver actionable feedback. Please contact a CEP team member today to discuss how these tools can be customized to fit your goals and your budget.