Education

Informing Change’s education practice is driven by our goal of informing change in organizations that promote educational equity and opportunity for low-income and underserved youth. We work in partnership with foundations, educational institutions and other non-profit organizations to support positive outcomes for students from early childhood through post-secondary education. Our clients’ goals—and ours—are to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to a vibrant and inclusive society.

We are passionate about helping our clients build their capacity to measure the results of their work, make informed and strategic choices, and effectively advocate for the resources necessary to help all students succeed. Our team brings years of experience in evaluation, organizational effectiveness and applied research. We also bring deep content knowledge and extensive professional experience in the education grantmaking field. Our intentionally diverse mix of foundation and non-profit clients allows us to bring useful lessons and insights from each project to better serve other clients. By sharing what we have learned with a larger audience of education, philanthropic and non-profit leaders, our work highlights best practices and promotes innovation.

Read about these examples of our current and recent education content work.


MacArthur Foundation – Digital Media and Learning Initiative

At the cutting edge of digital media and learning, the MacArthur Foundation deeply understands that the way young people live, work, learn and play has changed thanks to increasing availability and accessibility of digital media. Seeking to understand how learning environments and institutions should respond to these changes, the MacArthur Foundation (the Foundation) launched the Digital Media and Learning (DML) Initiative in 2005. The DML Competition (the Competition), one component of the DML Initiative, identifies innovators and invests in prototypes ... Learn more »


California Competes

California Competes, an organization working toward improved policies and practices in California higher education, launched a project to explore the extent to which the current California community college finance structure provides access to California’s most needy populations. Specifically, the project identified inequities in the current local and state funding formulas for California community college districts and proposed changes to the formulas that better reflects local needs.

As part of this applied research project, Informing Change  assessed and analyzed the extent to ... Learn more »


Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future (JFF) develops, implements and promotes education and workforce strategies that improve the pathways from high school to college and careers. JFF is a key player in Achieving the Dream’s Developmental Education Initiative, which aims to scale successful remedial education programs in community colleges nationwide.

Informing Change was commissioned by JFF to research effective state and institutional policies related to developmental education in Florida’s community colleges. Informing Change developed case studies of three high-performing community colleges and ... Learn more »


Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – HIRE LA’s Youth

HIRE LA’s Youth, a division of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, prepares youth to earn and retain entry-level employment. Their multi-step Work Readiness Certification (WRC) process helps youth improve their resumes and job skills and includes a job application process and mock interview with real employers.

HIRE LA’s Youth asked Informing Change to assess the impact of a WRC certificate on job attainment for youth. We surveyed nearly 2,000 WRC participants about their employment history and demographics, as well ... Learn more »


Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – Pillar Initiative

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent regional business advocacy organizations, representing more than 1,600 companies. Education and workforce development are among the L.A. Chamber’s key priorities.

The L.A. Chamber’s Pillar initiative is designed to build and support partnerships between Los Angeles businesses and public schools that increase the rigor and relevance of curriculum, engage students in their education and prepare them for post-secondary study and successful careers.

The L.A. Chamber engaged Informing ... Learn more »


Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – Summer Youth Employment Initiative

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent regional business advocacy organizations, representing more than 1,600 companies. Education and workforce development are among the L.A. Chamber’s key priorities.

In 2011, the L.A. Chamber received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide summer employment opportunities and job readiness training for underserved 16- to 21-year olds in Los Angeles. The L.A. Chamber partnered with other civic and non-profit organizations to serve nearly 500 youth ... Learn more »


Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development

The Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit educational program that brings together Schlumberger employees, community members and a diverse group of individuals to advance the educational needs of underserved students across the world. SEED’s mission is to ignite passion for science and learning in youth ages 10–18 and empower them to use knowledge and technology creatively to meet global challenges within their own community.

In January 2011, SEED commissioned Informing Change to conduct an internal assessment and ... Learn more »


The Campaign for College Opportunity

The Campaign for College Opportunity was formed to ensure that California’s leaders adopt policies and invest in practices that will meet the state’s economic and social needs. The goal is to increase participation and success in postsecondary education.

In 2009, the Campaign hired Informing Change to help it better understand its contribution to reform in the state’s higher education systems. Informing Change worked closely with Campaign staff to articulate a theory of change that aligned strategies and tactics with overall organizational ... Learn more »


The David & Lucile Packard Foundation After-school & Summer Enrichment Subprogram

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a major global grantmaking foundation, working with partners around the world to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. As one component of that work, the Foundation’s After-school and Summer Enrichment Subprogram supports a sustainable system to provide programmatic and financial support for after-school and summer enrichment programs in California.

In 2008, the Foundation hired Informing Change to design and implement a multi-year evaluation of the After-school and Summer Enrichment Subprogram. The ... Learn more »


The Sobrato Family Foundation Education Fund

The Sobrato Family Foundation, one of the largest grantmakers in its region of focus, is committed to building a strong and vibrant Silicon Valley community through business and philanthropic leadership. By expanding the reach and capacity of effective educational organizations, the Foundation’s Education Fund (Ed Fund) seeks to close the opportunity gap by creating opportunities for all young people in the Silicon Valley to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers. The Ed Fund supports grantee ... Learn more »


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