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Program Impact and Learning
Our Approach to Program Impact
The key elements of the RBF's approach to assessing program impact are detailed in Evaluating Program Impact. For the purpose of its grantmaking programs, the RBF defines impact as a contribution to social change, including shifts in understanding, behavior, capacity, public engagement, and public policy. Within each program, monitoring of the field and of individual grants is an ongoing activity that draws on staff engagement and grantee reporting. Program reviews, conducted every three to five years by program staff, provide an opportunity to engage the board in a strategic review of progress. Impact assessments are conducted by external consultants after five or more years as strategies mature. In assessing the context, profile, and impact of the Fund's contributions to its fields of work, these reports inform the development and evolution of grantmaking programs. Program development also includes other research and extensive engagement with the Fund’s board of trustees. Program guidelines are the board-approved articulation of the Fund's vision, goals, and strategies for its current programs and grantmaking. We also measure our institutional effectiveness.
While the lessons and recommendations captured in these reports inform program development, they do not necessarily reflect current program guidelines or future directions.
Peacebuilding Program Memo (2011)
Culpeper Arts & Culture
No current reports
The Story of Brownfields (New York City program, 2012)
Democratic Practice Focus on Immigrant Communities (New York City program, 2009)