“From the beginning, we’ve been dedicated to being transparent and measuring the true impact of our work to create healthier communities in Texas,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “We publish our evaluation reports because we want to be accountable as a health philanthropy.”
Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) conducts an annual evaluation for two primary purposes. First, as an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) and a public charity, EHF strives to be transparent about and accountable for the use of the abundant resources entrusted to us. Second, we want to learn from our previous experience about how to improve our work and increase our impact going forward, especially in the context of implementing our Strategic Plan. The annual evaluation report supports both purposes.
For the past five years, EHF has evaluated our programmatic investment portfolio and presented these results in a yearly evaluation report. The 2019 Impact Evaluation Report analyzes the results of 340 active community health investments, 183 of which were newly initiated in 2019, and the remaining 157 which were made in prior years and were still active during 2019. Foundation investments include grants, research projects, and community and congregation engagement programs.
Notably, 2019 represents the second full year of EHF’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. This report highlights both our Foundation’s stewardship effort as well as the results of our partners’ work. To meaningfully assess our partners’ work, we have introduced the concepts of “stages” and “focus” of work as two additional lenses through which to evaluate our work. The report reflects on our evolving evaluation needs, particularly in the areas of measuring community and system impact, expanding learning through in-depth evaluations, and tracking our progress against baseline data.