Developing the Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy (2022-2027)

“The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world”. 

Our assignment 

At the end of their inaugural Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) strategy (2015-2020), the Hewlett Foundation was eager to assess what worked well and less well in their first five years. They planned to use this assessment to inform their direction moving forward. The Foundation was particularly interested in how they could add unique value to the WEE ecosystem, building on initial areas of success.  

SRI Executive, in partnership with Kore Global, were engaged by Hewlett to complete a formative strategic evaluation to support the development of their next strategy. 

Our approach  

The team conducted an internal and external evaluation of the Hewlett Foundation’s Women’s Economic Empowerment strategy (2015-2020). This identified the portfolio’s accomplishments and areas for growth, all contextualised within the wider WEE ecosystem. Using these lessons and insights from a broader consultation process with Hewlett staff, current and potential grantees, other funders, and sector experts, SRI Executive supported the development of the next Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy (2022-2027). This process helped to define the core elements of the strategy including a theory of change to guide decision-making, and considerations about implementation with grantees, within the team, and within the Foundation more broadly. 

The key activities implemented by SRI Executive include: 

  • Building the evaluation framework 
  • Conducting the evaluation 
  • Developing a Theory of Change 
  • Conducting a landscape analysis of thematic and donor trends (2015-2020 and 2020-future) tested through external consultation 
  • Running a series of strategy development workshops 
  • Defining indicators for long-term outcomes 
  • Developing a set of recommendations for the Strategy’s implementation  
  • Drafting the Strategy outline for Board review 
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