Expanding the Bench Makes a Move

Posted September 17, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Change Matrix will take the helm of Casey's two Expanding the Bench efforts aimed at increasing diversity in research and evaluation.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has tapped Change Matrix to man­age its Lead­ers in Equi­table Eval­u­a­tion and Diver­si­ty(LEEAD) pro­gram and its Advanc­ing Col­lab­o­ra­tive Eval­u­a­tion (ACE) net­work. Both efforts are part of Expand­ing the Bench®, an ini­tia­tive aimed at increas­ing diver­si­ty in research and evaluation.

Since the ini­tia­tive began in 2014, the LEEAD pro­gram has recruit­ed, screened, trained and sup­port­ed more than 30 eval­u­a­tors from under­rep­re­sent­ed com­mu­ni­ties. The Foun­da­tion has also formed an ACE net­work of near­ly 100 inde­pen­dent eval­u­a­tors and eval­u­a­tion firm lead­ers from his­tor­i­cal­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed racial and eth­nic groups.

Change Matrix, a minor­i­ty-owned small busi­ness with a mis­sion to moti­vate, man­age, and mea­sure change to sup­port sys­tems that improve lives” is no stranger to either effort. The orga­ni­za­tion has eval­u­at­ed the LEEAD ini­tia­tive and par­tic­i­pat­ed in the ACE net­work since 2015.

In tran­si­tion­ing own­er­ship of these ini­tia­tives to the broad­er phil­an­thropic field, we hope to increase the reach and scale of Expand­ing the Bench,” says Kan­tahya­nee Mur­ray, a senior asso­ciate with the Foundation’s Research, Eval­u­a­tion and Data team.

Mur­ray and her Casey Foun­da­tion col­leagues expect Change Matrix to bring insight, infra­struc­ture and com­ple­men­tary strate­gies to both efforts. In the short term, Casey will focus on help­ing its suc­ces­sors set­tle in and suc­ceed. Longer term, the Foun­da­tion will con­tin­ue sup­port­ing the fundrais­ing goals of both LEEAD and the ACE Network.

Learn more about Casey’s research and eval­u­a­tion work

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