Participatory Grantmaking: A Test of Rubric Scoring Versus Popular Voting Selection in a Blinded Grantmaking Process

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This article addresses the design of this approach to grantmaking and, specifically, whether changing the decision-making process in addition to changing the decisionmakers has an effect on how grants are allocated. It examines the design of two grant review processes — one based on popular voting, the other a more traditional rubric approach — and compares their outcomes to learn whether a more open and discursive process based on popular voting for grantee selection helps to overcome bias against small organizations.

Monitoring and Evaluation for Participatory Grantmaking

This report was produced by the Baring Foundation as they explored participatory models. The discussion paper is based on interviews with dozens of practitioners and includes definitions and key themes related to participatory grantmaking.