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Knight Foundation uses assessment for planning, learning and improvement.

In partnership with our grantees, we support the arts, community engagement, journalism and media innovation. Evaluating our work in these areas allows us to learn from both successes and failures. These insights help our grantees strengthen their projects, help us plan and executive strategy, and contribute to general knowledge in philanthropy and the fields where we invest.

Our Approach

These principles guide us:

  • Assessment should provide insights tied to key decision-making and planning.
  • Assessment should be participatory and collaborative, so that grantees have ownership in the process and the findings.
  • Assessment should be continually integrated into all phases of our work.
  • Assessment should be shared publicly to communicate what our grantees and we are learning.