This online database from the Foundation Center contains proven approaches to measuring and analyzing the impact of social investments. TRASI's resources range from off-the-shelf tools and concrete methodologies to generalized best practices; are complemented by multimedia features and social networking tools; and place a premium on evidence and metrics in tracking progress.
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A new interactive report from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship finds that American volunteering and civic engagement reached a five-year high in 2011. Overall, 64.3 million Americans (more than one in four adults) volunteered through a formal organization in 2011, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010. The 7.9 billion hours these individuals volunteered is valued at $171 billion.
This website from The Schott Foundation for Public Education is a data portal that provides parents, educators, media, policymakers and elected officials with direct access to important data on the reality of education for Black males across all 50 states. It includes links to the Foundation's national research summary as well as an interactive map with state-by-state statistics and individual state report cards.
Idealware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions. By synthesizing vast amounts of original research into credible and approachable information, Idealware helps nonprofits make the most of their time and financial resources.
Whether you are part of a family foundation that runs its own programmes, a big corporate grantmaker, a small venture philanthropist, an NGO that re-grants resources from a back-donor, or a mix of any of the above, exits are inevitable. Funders move on, and relationships with grantees, partners, or investees change along the way. Exit decisions and strategies are complicated; while a diversity of experiences has not (yet) produced blueprints for smart exits, we’ve pulled our favourite practices.
To get insight into a complex community, problem or process of change, sometimes you need to look beyond conventional research or evaluation methods. Ethnography is a powerful way to step inside the culture of an organization or community, hear ongoing feedback from multiple points of view, and understand a program's real impact. In this guide, learn about ethnography's benefits and pitfalls, and see how grantmakers use the method to document, evaluate and improve approaches to youth engagement, HIV education and neighborhood policing.
Many grantmakers champion the idea of using evaluation to improve grantee effectiveness or advance a field of practice. It's a worthy endeavor, but how can you make it happen in the real world? This guide explores an increasingly popular method called "collaborative inquiry." Grantmakers define the practice, consider potential benefits and grapple with common challenges. A mini-case study shows how collaborative inquiry was used to support growth in a new field.
An outcomes-based approach to evaluation works, proponents say, because it uses straightforward metrics to assess actual impact. How else to know if the work you're supporting is leading to the desired changes? Other grantmakers counter that outcomes measurement should be approached with care. Hasty assumptions or over-confidence in the idea that program impacts can be translated into hard data can skew not only the evaluation but the work itself. This guide looks at tensions that drive the debate about outcomes measurement, as well as common questions about its potential risks and rewards.
"What are we doing, and why do we think it's going to make a difference? Are we being effective?" Grantmakers ask evaluation questions like these of their grantees and themselves. This brief guide explains why grantmakers use theories of change to guide their questioning, unearth assumptions that underlie their work, establish common language, and develop strong action plans. Contributors to the guide also describe how a theory of change sets the stage for evaluation by clarifying goals, strategies, and milestones.
The second edition of the “Teacher Prep Report,” looked at nearly 2,500 teacher education programs at over 1,000 colleges and universities.
This report contains information about 17,000 human rights grants totaling $1.7 billion made by 745 foundations in 34 countries in 2011, the latest year for which data is available.
This report provides detailed data on the current scope and character of foundation funding at the intersection of LGBTQ and immigrant rights. It also includes an overview of the ecology of advocacy and service organizations working to address the needs of LGBTQ immigrants, and offers recommendations for funders.
The After School Corporation has released a report that explores how cognitive learning can be put into practice.
The CECP has released Giving Around the Globe: 2014 Edition, the leading source for guidance on the global expansion of corporate community engagement.
The Vera Institute of Justice has released a guide to help local law enforcement agencies negotiate the cultural, religious, ethnic, racial, and language barriers.
Public Agenda examines public perception of health care pricing and how Americans are shopping for insurance.
Nonprofit Quarterly examines critical legislation that should be monitored over the next few months.
The Health and Human Services Council of New York has released a report outlining the first round of results from the HHS Accelerator.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues are striving to increase annual LGTBQ philanthropic funding to $200 million by 2017.
GrantCraft explores the intricacies facing community foundations.