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.

The Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation supports projects and organizations that are making a positive difference for individuals, communities and the environment through its investment in three focus areas: systemic K–12 education reform, freshwater and marine conservation, and quality of life initiatives in the Foundation’s home region, including the Delta region of Arkansas, Mississippi and Northwest Arkansas.

The Walton Family Foundation engaged Informing Change specifically around its policy and advocacy grantmaking efforts within the education reform portfolio. Informing Change partnered with the Foundation ... Learn more »

UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

Informing Change was commissioned by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) to assess the effectiveness of using their annual reports and deliverables to create greater awareness and action about education reform in California. As a research institute, IDEA provides research and policy analysis tools so that stakeholders can take action with legislators and other state leaders.

The evaluation focused on investigating the extent to which IDEA’s recent outreach efforts galvanized key stakeholders and strengthened public engagement to invest in ... Learn more »

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