The Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) believes in the transformative power of evaluation and learning, with ourselves and with the communities and partners we support.
SEF evaluates its donations and their impact using an approach known as developmental evaluation. Specific evaluation activities include team members’ personal reflections, regular interviews by an evaluator, and qualitative analysis of how each donation supports the SEF strategy.
We have several reports from these various tactics (almost always with a shorter executive summary), and we typically follow a “what – so what – now what?” format, leading to actions that are meant to continuously improve our approach.
- What (i.e., what is the data?)
- So What? (i.e., what is the data telling us, what can we conclude from its themes?)
- Now What? (i.e., what are we going to do as a result of this information?)