Increased capacity and leadership in the organizations and collaboratives we support.
Learning and Evaluation
We learn alongside our grantee partners.
How we evaluate
In traditional philanthropy, the foundation sets the metrics of success and requires the grantees to demonstrate that their work is meeting them. Headwaters takes a different approach to evaluation. We created a process that centers learning together, positioning grantees and the foundation as true partners in the work to improve health in Western Montana.
We evaluate for three purposes – accountability to the communities we serve, learning about progress toward the outcomes defined by our partners, and tracking long-term health metrics over time to see if the strategies that Headwaters invests in are contributing to positive trends.
Through grantee reporting conversations, we track indicators related to the following outcomes:
Each year, we publish what we are learning in our Evaluation & Learning Data Book. We invite you to dig into what we are learning in our most recent edition.