by Phillip Chung, Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation, & Strategic Learning at The Colorado Trust
The practice of reflection and learning is much easier said than done. At foundations, we often ask (or require) our grantee partners to engage in the recursive process of planning, acting, reflecting, and learning. This practice is something I deeply believe in and one which, if adopted and tailored to the needs and capacities of organizations, can yield stronger results. During my three years at The Colorado Trust
, a private grantmaking foundation, I’ve been a part of strategies where we’ve asked grantee partners to become learners and to essentially trust us that failure is okay, and is to some degree even expected, especially when engaging in novel, untested strategies.