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St. David's Foundation
Consultant, Contracted Consultant, United States
30+ days ago
St. David's Foundation
Consultant, Contracted Consultant, United States
30+ days ago


The St. David's Foundation is seeking an evaluation and learning partner for our Thriving Rural Communities portfolio of investments through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The specific guidelines to respond to this RFQ is available at Rural Evaluation and Learning Partner RFQ

We are seeking a partner, or collaborative of partners, who can oversee the learning and evaluation components of this work. The partner’s role is to ‘hold’ the entirety of the framework around learning and evaluation for this project – conceptually in terms of how we think about the learning and evaluation work, as well as ensuring the implementation of learning and evaluation activities. This is extraordinarily complex work that draws on a multitude of understandings about evaluation, community, strategy, and learning – it requires a team who can bring deep expertise in multiple types of evaluation practices and disciplines, and who is willing and able to flex and change with the needs of the work over time. Keeping the macro
framework in mind means that the learning and evaluation partner needs to consider multiple (and at times divergent) perspectives and actions by other stakeholders who are engaged with this work – e.g., considering what is being done by our communications team to analyze local narratives – and how these fit into the broader scheme of what we are learning about and through this work. 

Therefore, anchored by a theory of change, the learning and evaluation partner should: Understand community context, document what work is happening in communities, as well as the outcomes of this work; monitor, track and observe how the rural network is evolving, adapting, and responding to community needs and where energy and opportunity are happening within the network; test key causal linkages (hypotheses) in the theory of change about the effectiveness of the Thriving Rural Communities approach; support the development and improvement of how the Foundation functions internally to
support this work; and understand how equity is playing out, both in the Foundation’s approach and in the work of

We are seeking a partner who is deeply committed to practices of equity in their evaluation work. We are looking for you to intentionally consider how to embed equity within your work, and to reflect with us on how equity is or is not showing up in the evaluation and in our investments. Our goal is to learn with you on this journey and seek a relationship where you can push us beyond our current practices around equity and evaluation. In addition, we are seeking a learning and evaluation partner who can bring to the work a strong belief and capacity that rigorous evaluation is possible for work that is highly emergent, developmental, and ambiguous. While we have laid out here some of our thinking about what is most important and useful for supporting the Thriving Rural Communities work, part of what we’re seeking in a learning and evaluation partner is the ability to bring new thinking, methods, and approaches to the table – being aware of network evaluation, developmental evaluation, and community change evaluation methods is essential. And we are looking for a partner that will help us create compelling narratives around this work and help us advance what it would take to do community capacity building well.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59098202
  • Location:
    Consultant, Contracted Consultant, United States
  • Company Name: St. David's Foundation
  • Position Title: Learning and Evaluation Partner
  • Industry: Non-Profit / Charity
  • Job Function: Consultant
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: None
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
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