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Foundations

Deepen your impact through data, evidence, and learning.

Let data drive your strategy and grant-making decisions and move the needle on complex changes.

We are a trusted learning partner to foundations and grantees, supporting their efforts to transform communities and catalyze social change in the United States and around the globe.

Working at the intersection of strategy, evaluation, and practice, we help maximize the impact of foundation efforts, ensuring they are informed by evidence and move the needle on complex challenges. We help foundations and their grantees develop data-driven solutions and strategies and refine programs based on results and learning. We generate rigorous evidence on effective approaches that can advance the field. To amplify lessons learned, we work with foundations to convene stakeholders and communities of practice to address key sector and cross-sectoral issues.

Our philanthropy partners benefit from the diverse expertise of more than 1,400 staff members, our deep networks in the United States and around the globe, and our wide-ranging capabilities.

MacArthur Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
American Public Human Services Association
Missouri Foundation for Health

Foundations and their grantees count on us to:

Bring evidence and learning to strategy design and refinement.
Develop theories of change, results frameworks, and learning agendas to identify clear goals and measure progress.
Create systems that monitor and measure program performance to enable progress tracking.
Provide technical assistance to build measurement, learning, and evaluation capacity.
Use rapid-cycle evaluation and other real-time learning approaches to enable continuous program improvement.
Conduct rigorous research and generate evidence to grow the knowledge base.
Lead learning workshops and convenings to link evidence to strategy and practice.

How we help foundations and grantees use evidence to increase their impact

 
Support Strategy and Program Design
We uncover and provide new insights to inform and shape foundation strategies and program designs.
 
 
Facilitate Continuous Program Improvement
We support measurement and learning to inform foundation and grantee decision-making.
 
 
Generate Credible Evidence to Advance Knowledge
We conduct tailored evaluations that help to identify effective solutions.
 
Translate and Disseminate Evidence to Guide Action
We leverage multiple learning and dissemination platforms to facilitate use of data and evidence.
 
 

Related Staff

Kimberlin Butler

Kimberlin Butler

Senior Director, Foundation Engagement

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Joshua Haimson

Joshua Haimson

Senior Director, Business Development

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Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

Senior Director, International Foundation and NGO Partnerships

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So O'Neil

So O'Neil

Director, Health Philanthropy Portfolio

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Kristin Hallgren

Kristin Hallgren

Director of Foundation and Nonprofit Partnerships, Education and Employment Division

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Solutions for Foundations

Let’s make progress together.

We offer foundations a full range of learning and evaluation services to strengthen program design and execution across the strategy life cycle.

Strategy Development

Strategy Development

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

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Evaluation Design

Evaluation Design

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Public Health Data Analysis

Public Health Data Analysis

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Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

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Peer Learning and Workshops

Peer Learning and Workshops

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