Our Voice: Kate Wolford: The Art of Harnessing Collective Wisdom
May 17, 2011 - McKnight president Kate Wolford shares her thoughts in a blog post on the 2011 Center for Effective Philanthropy conference.
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
— Winston Churchill
This quote came to mind during the first session of the 2011 Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) conference as CEP Vice President Ellie Buteau presented the results of a recent CEO survey on foundation assessment. Ellie noted that CEOs reported tensions between the focus on assessment and the freedom to take risks, between data and intuition. Survey results indicated that those who collect more types of information from a variety of data sources have stronger confidence in the effectiveness of their strategy.
The CEP conference set a valuable table for foundations seeking to craft strategies that yield powerful results on some of society's most vexing challenges...