Data-driven decision-making translates into larger, more meaningful impact. That’s why St. David’s Foundation sits on the steering committee of Good Measure, an association of philanthropic organizations working together with community partners to creatively and strategically use data to amplify impact.
Good Measure’s Guiding Principles focus on inclusivity and building on strengths, which resonate with our own approach to philanthropy. As we work to center equity across all our work, we recognize that we do not have all the answers and we know that we will inevitably make missteps along the way. These principles support our Evaluation and Learning team in centering community voice and act as a tool against which we can check our assumptions and recognize lived experience as the starting point for problem solving.
The first thing we agreed on was that equity cannot be tacked on at the end; it must be embedded from the start.