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Program Impact and Learning
Our Approach to Evaluating Impact
The Fund’s approach to assessing program impact is rooted in two simple yet fundamental questions: Are we making a difference? How do we know?
Evaluating impact has become embedded in our everyday activities and informs grantmaking on an ongoing basis. It starts with board-approved Program Guidelines that communicate the Fund’s grantmaking focus and provide parameters to staff on the areas in which they can develop and recommend grants. Monitoring of the field and of individual grants is a continuous activity that draws on staff engagement and grantee reporting. Program Reviews, conducted every three to five years, provide an opportunity to engage the board in a strategic review of overall progress across a program. Impact Assessments are conducted by external consultants after five or more years to home in on particular strategies or lines of work. These efforts have led to revised guidelines, celebration of the completion of areas of work, and the identification of new opportunities for funding, all with the intention of improving the impact of Fund’s grantmaking, institutional effectiveness, and overall performance.
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
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The Story of Brownfields (New York City program, 2012)
Democratic Practice Focus on Immigrant Communities (New York City program, 2009)