The Philea Virtual Library

The Philea Virtual Library includes over 1,000 free-to-download publications from a range of organisations and publishers on the topics of philanthropy, the management of foundations and the areas they are involved in and support. As a Philea member you can send us your publications for inclusion in the library which will also be added to the global IssueLab network where they will be made available to an extended audience, including users of Worldcat, the global catalogue used by tens of thousands of libraries. For questions or assistance, please contact the Philea Virtual Library.
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MEL Practice at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation: Evaluation in Support of Moving from Good to Great

January 31, 2019

In early 2017, ORS Impact evaluated and re-examined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) principles and practice. The purpose of this evaluation was to discover what works well, identify areas for improvement, and stimulate reflection and experimentation. While this report uncovered many examples of strong MEL practice across the Foundation it also highlighted opportunities for improvement. Research findings fed into Foundation decisions to update both internal and external MEL processes and requirements, including refinement of the Foundation's Guiding Principles for MEL.A key audience of this report include readers wrestling with how to best support MEL in philanthropic settings so that it can support greater learning and impact, such as MEL staff working inside foundations and external evaluators working with foundations.

Evaluation and Learning

Our Shared Seas: A 2017 Overview of Ocean Threats and Conservation Funding

May 30, 2017

Our Shared Seas is a guide of the primary ocean threats and trends to help funders, advocates, and governments make better, faster, and more informed decisions. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation commissioned California Environmental Associates to develop the guide for the increasing number of philanthropists and aid agencies that have risen to the challenges facing our ocean.It is essential that we work together to tackle illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing makes it all the more difficult to ensure we have enough fish in the ocean for future generations. Solutions that address IUU fishing are especially compelling because they are exactly what we need for responsible and evidence-based marine resource management.

Environment and Sustainable Development

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