Environment Program Evaluation and Strategic Plan


Through a combination of internal interviews and independent research, Cascadia conducted an evaluation of the Oak Foundation Environment Program’s global grants (which totaled over $151 million from 2009-2013) in the areas of climate change mitigation and marine conservation. Oak is one of the five largest foundation contributors to grants in these two fields; it seeks to help achieve a zero-carbon global economy and advance the recovery of marine fisheries and habitats. Cascadia is currently building on the evaluation findings by facilitating a strategic planning process for program staff, which will result in a new framework to guide the Foundation’s work in these areas over the next five years. Our work with Oak also includes creating a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan that assesses the foundation’s current ability to track the progress and real-world impacts of its grants and provides recommendations for how better to ensure its dollars have the greatest positive impact possible.

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