**POSTPONED: FCCP Racial Equity Series: July 2019 - Metrics as Tyranny or Metrics as "Strategic Objects" - A Webinar Hosted by FCCP

Monday, July 15, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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**This program is hosted by our partner, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.**

**This program has been postponed by our partner, FCCP, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.**

This webinar is a part of a three-part series: 

This summer, FCCP is excited to bring you a brand new opportunity, the Summer Equity + Power Sharing Series, which will explore different integrations of racial equity, building power throughout democratic ecosystems, and improving philanthropy’s corresponding role in as much. Together, we will examine changes in practices after the 2016 elections, stand alone vs. integrated approaches to this work, and how we can change grantmaking strategies for the better.

Centering racial equity is critical to supporting and building power throughout philanthropy. In recent years, our understanding of how to best to actually center racial equity throughout our efforts has evolved and is increasingly touching all areas of our work, from organizing and structural reforms to money in politics and more.

Our July discussion will interrogate how evaluation frameworks can perpetuate or improve power dynamics between grantees and grantmakers. Are metrics “strategic objects,” which foster new organizational behavior through iterative use, as Dave Karpf writes in his 2016 book Analytic Activism? Or are metrics tools of social control by one group over another, stifling innovation and strategic decision-making, as Jerry Muller writes in his 2018 book The Tyranny of Metrics? Evaluating advocacy has always been an “elusive craft,” and the relative power position of philanthropy vis-à-vis grantees, compounded by systems of structural racism, patriarchy, and capitalist exploitation, make any evaluation framework inherently suspect — particularly among grantees. Yet, there is a growing evidence-based movement in the social sector, and metrics like cost-per-vote and cost-per-impact are growing in significance.

  • Whether metric frameworks in philanthropy can serve as strategic objects (to facilitate learning) or only tools of social control
  • Whether metric frameworks can incentivize equitable outcomes and people power
  • Other evaluation frameworks and metrics in philanthropy

This is part 2 of this three-part series. Please join us for all three important conversations.

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All interested funders.


Registration is required by July 14th. 
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.
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