Evaluation and learning

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.

Our reports

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?)

Findings from our reports

Findings from our 2021 reports and summaries show areas of progress and where there are opportunities for further work and growth.
2021 community partner survey
Greater need for equity in the charitable sector. Equitable and diverse representation leads to psychologically safer spaces and there is a need for the charitable sector to improve its efforts.
2021 community partners perception survey
SEF excels as a connector and convener. In addition to bringing people together, SEF partners expressed that they appreciate our flexible and multi-year donations, support of service delivery and systems change initiatives, and relationships rooted in trust with honest conversations.

Interested in what we’re learning?

If you are interested in what we are learning, please contact us at SEF@suncor.com for access to any of the following reports or summaries:

  • Community partners’ perceptions of working with SEF
  • SEF team’s reflective practice
  • Assessment of how SEF donations align to SEF strategy
  • SEF team’s assessment of how we work together

Of note, the reports should be reviewed with the knowledge that SEF and Suncor are separate entities pursuing related but distinct strategies.