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The California Wellness Foundation



Kym Dorman has provided a range of evaluation services for the Foundation on various projects since 2009. In 2014, Kym developed the Foundation’s first overarching evaluation and learning framework (while at Harder+Company) to align with the launch of their new strategic grantmaking program: Advancing Wellness. In 2015, while at R+A, Kym conducted the evaluation planning “refresh” process of the evaluation and learning framework to introduce a developmental evaluation approach and update metrics. In 2009, Kym also oversaw the comprehensive evaluation of The Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program, (while at Harder + Company). The project included developing an online grantee survey and using a multicase study design to develop case studies to explore the impact of the grants on grantee organizations. The findings were highlighted in the Foundation’s Reflections series (June 2009), and were used to refine the Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking approach.

Client: The California Wellness Foundation

Timeframe: Multiple projects in 2008-2009; 2011 -2012; 2014 -2016


  • Developed a comprehensive and adaptive evaluation and learning framework to align with the Foundation’s strategic grantmaking program — Advancing Wellness


  • Conducted comprehensive evaluation of the Responsive Grantmaking Program of 375 grants, using a mixed methods approach which included conducting an online survey, using a multi-case study design to develop case studies, and analyzing data from the Foundation’s grants tracking database and grantee financial data.

  • Produced “Grantmaking that Lasts: Key Findings” Report (2009)

  • Conducted an evaluation of core operating support grants during the recession

  • Produced “Mission-Focused Funding: Supporting Nonprofit Sustainability” Report (2012)

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