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A Model for Improving Health Care Data Analytics

How to Ignite a Data-Driven Culture & Strengthen Safety Net Organizations’ Data Analytics Capability

The Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP), implemented by Center for Care Innovations and funded by California Health Care Foundation, was created to help safety net organizations develop a data-driven culture and to strengthen the people, processes and ... Learn more »


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How Analytics Transform a Health Home Model

Contra Costa Develops a Predictive Model for Their High Utilizer Population

The team for Contra Costa Health System’s (CCHS) Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP) had a clear goal in mind: use data to predict and address the needs of CCHS’s most high-utilizing, vulnerable patients. Meeting these high utilizers’ needs requires a ... Learn more »


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Turning Data into Insight: Using Dashboards to Drive Action at All Levels

The vast sea of data available to safety net healthcare providers is only helpful if staff can interpret and use that data. Enter dashboards, which enable data-sharing among staff—from frontline to administrative staff and across all departments and sites—in a consistent, visually accessible way. As one of the most-used strategies ... Learn more »


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Building a Data-Driven Culture

The Heartbeat of Value-Based Care

In this case study, we draw upon our evaluation findings from the Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP) to explore how safety net healthcare organizations can successfully create and sustain data-driven cultures. The work of gaining staff buy-in—let alone training staff in different aspects of data analytics—building ... Learn more »


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More Than Supply & Demand: The State of Technical Assistance for Expanded Learning Programs in California

Expanded learning (i.e., after-school and summer learning) programs have immense potential to foster academic and social growth for students. To actualize this potential, a system of support in the form of technical assistance (TA) has emerged in California to help expanded learning providers sustain and improve their programs. Some expanded ... Learn more »


Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative Evaluation - Year 1 Final Report

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Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative Evaluation: Year One Report

Like many Jewish communities, the Denver Metro area has experienced declining numbers of post-bar and bat mitzvah-aged youth participating in Jewish life. The Jewish Life Committee of Rose Community Foundation and Allied Jewish Federation sought re-invigorate Jewish life for teens in the area. After gathering feedback and data to identify ... Learn more »


2015 Cumulative BSCF Emerging Leaders Report

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Preparing the Next Generation of Health Center Leaders: The Experience of the Clinic Leadership Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program

As California faces the challenges of an evolving healthcare landscape, there is an unprecedented need for a committed and adaptable network of leaders in the community health centers field. To meet this need and strengthen the next generation of community health center leaders, The Blue Shield of California Foundation partnered ... Learn more »


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Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative Leads the Way

Our case study on the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative shares what we have learned in studying the process and accomplishments of a group of local and national funders from ten different communities, all bound by a common overarching pursuit, but each with their own goals, strategies and structures. It details the ... Learn more »


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Infographic: Effective Consulting Partnerships to Philanthropy

Over the years we’ve had both productive and challenging experiences working with other consultants on philanthropy projects. Reflecting on these experiences, and from talking with others in the field, we wrote an article for the Foundation Review to spark the conversation on how consulting partnerships, in supporting philanthropy, take different ... Learn more »


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Clinic Leadership Institute’s New Executive Transitions (nEXt) Program Findings

Funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Clinic Leadership Institute’s New Executive Transitions (nEXt) program provides new community health center CEOs with knowledge, skills and networks to succeed in their positions. The year-long program consists of in-person program meetings, mentor/advisor relationships and ongoing informal networking. Informing Change’s evaluation of ... Learn more »


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Awarding Innovation: An Assessment of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition

In 2013, the MacArthur Foundation engaged Informing Change to evaluate one component of its Digital Media and Learning (DML) Initiative—the DML Competition—which identifies innovators and invests in prototypes of games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, digital badge platforms and more in support of connected learning. Informing Change ... Learn more »


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Assessment of Regranting Intermediaries Strategy: Exploring the Ecosystem of Support for Individual Artists & Small Arts Organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area

In 2014, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program engaged Informing Change in partnership with Olive Grove to assess the effectiveness of the Foundation’s approach to support regranting intermediaries. The Foundation works with these regranting intermediaries to target San Francisco Bay Area small arts organizations, individual artists ... Learn more »


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Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE)

In fall 2012, a collection of Jewish funders—Jim Joseph Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Schusterman Family Foundation, and UJA Federation of New York—collaborated with Hazon to conduct the first national research study on experiences that integrate Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education (JOFEE), focusing on immersive ... Learn more »


Ex2 Evaluation Findings Dashboard

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Clinic Leadership Institute Executive Excellence Program Findings

In 2012, Blue Shield of California Foundation launched the Executive Excellence program (Ex2), the most recent addition to the suite of Clinic Leadership Institute programs. Administered by UCLA Anderson Executive Education, Ex2 offers a range of instruction and supports to catalyze leadership and effectiveness among executive teams in California’s community ... Learn more »


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Views on Growing Impact from Grantmakers and Nonprofits: Select Highlights from the Evaluation of GEO’s Scaling What Works Initiative

From 2010 to 2014, Scaling What Works was a multi-year learning initiative of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) to expand the number of grantmakers and public sector funders who are working together to grow the impact of high-performing nonprofit organizations. Through the Initiative, GEO offered training, networking opportunities, and a ... Learn more »


Education


Pages from TA Ecosystem Report

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More Than Supply & Demand: The State of Technical Assistance for Expanded Learning Programs in California

Expanded learning (i.e., after-school and summer learning) programs have immense potential to foster academic and social growth for students. To actualize this potential, a system of support in the form of technical assistance (TA) has emerged in California to help expanded learning providers sustain and improve their programs. Some expanded ... Learn more »


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Documenting the JRS Model

The early childhood years are a gateway into Jewish life for children and their families, and preschool is a prime time for young families to engage with the Jewish community. Seizing this opportunity, the JRS Initiative endeavors to build the field of Jewish early childhood education, enhance families’ engagement and ... Learn more »


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Awarding Innovation: An Assessment of the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition

In 2013, the MacArthur Foundation engaged Informing Change to evaluate one component of its Digital Media and Learning (DML) Initiative—the DML Competition—which identifies innovators and invests in prototypes of games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, social networks, digital badge platforms and more in support of connected learning. Informing Change ... Learn more »


A Job and a Chance

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A Job and a Chance: An Assessment of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (the L.A. Chamber) is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent regional business advocacy organizations. In June 2011, the L.A. Chamber received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide summer employment opportunities for underserved 16- to 21-year olds in Los Angeles. ... Learn more »


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Overview of Final Evaluation Findings: 2007–2010 After-school & Summer Enrichment Subprogram

In 2006, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation began to support the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)–funded expansion of after-school programs in California. The Foundation invested in the establishment of technical assistance (TA), workforce development, and leadership infrastructure to help build a sustainable system that provides better programmatic ... Learn more »


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High Flyers: Policies and strategies that boost developmental education success in Florida’s community colleges

What can a community college do to ensure that its students complete their degrees and move forward into productive and fulfilling careers? Across the nation, policymakers, educators, students and their families are concerned about the low percentage of enrolled community college students who persevere to complete either a two-year or ... Learn more »


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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce: Youth Employment Survey

HIRE LA’s Youth, a division of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, supports youth employment by preparing applicants between the ages of 16–24 years to earn and retain entry-level employment. The multi-step preparation Work Readiness Certification (WRC) process includes resumé development, customer service skills training, workplace etiquette, application procedures ... Learn more »


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Final Evaluation of the Low Income Investment Fund’s Constructing Connections Pilot: 2004-2009: Executive Summary

The Low Income Investment Fund’s ABCD Initiative supports the development of quality child care facilities in California. In this report, Informing Change took an in-depth look at one of the initiative’s strategies—Constructing Connections. Through this strategy, LIIF supported local collaborative teams consisting of child care operators, developers, civic leaders, small ... Learn more »


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The ABCD Story: A Model for Learning

The ABCD Story outlines the purpose, components and intended impacts of the ABCD Initiative.


Health


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A Model for Improving Health Care Data Analytics

How to Ignite a Data-Driven Culture & Strengthen Safety Net Organizations’ Data Analytics Capability

The Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP), implemented by Center for Care Innovations and funded by California Health Care Foundation, was created to help safety net organizations develop a data-driven culture and to strengthen the people, processes and ... Learn more »


case-study-contra-costa-health-system

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How Analytics Transform a Health Home Model

Contra Costa Develops a Predictive Model for Their High Utilizer Population

The team for Contra Costa Health System’s (CCHS) Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP) had a clear goal in mind: use data to predict and address the needs of CCHS’s most high-utilizing, vulnerable patients. Meeting these high utilizers’ needs requires a ... Learn more »


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Turning Data into Insight: Using Dashboards to Drive Action at All Levels

The vast sea of data available to safety net healthcare providers is only helpful if staff can interpret and use that data. Enter dashboards, which enable data-sharing among staff—from frontline to administrative staff and across all departments and sites—in a consistent, visually accessible way. As one of the most-used strategies ... Learn more »


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Building a Data-Driven Culture

The Heartbeat of Value-Based Care

In this case study, we draw upon our evaluation findings from the Safety Net Analytics Program (SNAP) to explore how safety net healthcare organizations can successfully create and sustain data-driven cultures. The work of gaining staff buy-in—let alone training staff in different aspects of data analytics—building ... Learn more »


2015 Cumulative BSCF Emerging Leaders Report

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Preparing the Next Generation of Health Center Leaders: The Experience of the Clinic Leadership Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program

As California faces the challenges of an evolving healthcare landscape, there is an unprecedented need for a committed and adaptable network of leaders in the community health centers field. To meet this need and strengthen the next generation of community health center leaders, The Blue Shield of California Foundation partnered ... Learn more »


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Clinic Leadership Institute’s New Executive Transitions (nEXt) Program Findings

Funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Clinic Leadership Institute’s New Executive Transitions (nEXt) program provides new community health center CEOs with knowledge, skills and networks to succeed in their positions. The year-long program consists of in-person program meetings, mentor/advisor relationships and ongoing informal networking. Informing Change’s evaluation of ... Learn more »


Ex2 Evaluation Findings Dashboard

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Clinic Leadership Institute Executive Excellence Program Findings

In 2012, Blue Shield of California Foundation launched the Executive Excellence program (Ex2), the most recent addition to the suite of Clinic Leadership Institute programs. Administered by UCLA Anderson Executive Education, Ex2 offers a range of instruction and supports to catalyze leadership and effectiveness among executive teams in California’s community ... Learn more »


CLI Emerging Leaders Evaluation Findings Dashboard_Page

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Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Program Findings

Now in its seventh year, the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program continues to develop individual leaders, strengthen sponsoring organizations and bolster California’s community health centers system so it will thrive for years to come. In the most recent evaluation findings, highlighted by Informing Change in a data dashboard ... Learn more »


Mission Possible - Healthcare Safety Net Integration Program

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Mission Possible: Healthcare Safety Net Integration

For the past few years, healthcare administrators and providers have been getting ready for the Affordable Care Act by re-examining and making changes to their current systems. They are preparing for an influx of newly insured patients, attempting to position themselves as providers of choice within their communities and working ... Learn more »


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Charting the Course: Career Paths Among Emerging Health Center Leaders

As California faces the challenges of an evolving healthcare landscape and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there is an unprecedented need for a committed and adaptable network of leaders in the community health centers field. To meet this need, Blue Shield of California Foundation has ... Learn more »


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Innovation in Community Health Centers: Key Learnings from the Community Health Center Innovation Challenge Pilot Program

In January 2012, 13 community health centers throughout California received one-year “seed” funding and support to develop innovative ideas, support “out of the box” thinking and test new solutions to common problems in health care. The Center for Care Innovation and Blue Shield of California Foundation engaged Informing Change to ... Learn more »


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Strengthening Partnerships to Improve Community Health

Over the past four years, the Center for Care Innovations (formerly the Community Clinics Initiative) has supported creative ways of promoting health in underserved communities through their Networking for Community Health program. CCI, through generous support from The California Endowment, offered grants and non-monetary supports to community clinics across California ... Learn more »


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Getting to the Roots of Healthy Living: The Experience of the Community Clinics Initiative’s Networking for Community Health Projects

As part of the evaluation of the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI)’s Networking for Community Health (NCH) program, Informing Change is examining how community clinics strengthen their working relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners to promote community health.

This report focuses on a sub-set of NCH projects that focus on “getting ... Learn more »


The Power of Partnerships for Policy & Advocacy WEB

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The Power of Partnerships for Policy & Advocacy

In 2008, the Community Clinic’s Initiative launched a $1.6 million effort, the Community Health Organizing Project, to support statewide and regional advocacy efforts around health care reform and budget issues. The Project provided funding to the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and 15 regional clinic networks working to bring more ... Learn more »


Shasta EHR Scribes

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Adapting the EHR Scribe Model to Community Health Centers: The Experience of Shasta Community Health Center’s Pilot

Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC) engaged with Informing Change to assess the effectiveness of its Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Scribe Model, which utilize scribes to enter medical information into EHRs during patient visits. This report looks at the impact of this demonstration project on clinician and patient satisfaction with the ... Learn more »


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Harnessing the Power of Youth: The Experience of the Community Clinics Initiative’s Networking for Community Health Projects

As part of the evaluation of the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI)’s Networking for Community Health (NCH) program, Informing Change is examining how community clinics strengthen their working relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners to promote community health.

This brief focuses on a sub-set of NCH projects that are engaging youth ... Learn more »


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Building Capacity to Promote Community Health: The Experience to Date of the Community Clinics Initiative’s Networking for Community Health Program

In 2008, The Community Clinics Initiative (CCI) launched their Networking for Community Health (NCH) grantmaking program. The program was designed to support California community clinics in strengthening their working relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners. Over the past three years, CCI has supported clinics’ projects that work on a ... Learn more »


Snapshot of Comunity Clinic Voice for Web

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A Snapshot of the Community Clinic Voice

Social Web sites have rapidly grown into large, sophisticated networks that can span the globe.This brief provides a snapshot of one nonprofit online community—the Community Clinic Voice. The Community Clinics Initiative (CCI) supports the Voice to aid health care safety net professionals in building stronger, healthier communities.

The brief explores the ... Learn more »


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The Bridging Role of Community Health Promoters

Community health workers, public health aides, promotores and peer educators are all terms used to describe the role of community health promoters. These workers are recruited from communities to apply their knowledge of the area and their personal connections with residents to promote the public’s health. The Community Clinics Initiative ... Learn more »


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Creating Connections for Healthier Communities: The Community Clinics Initiative’s Networking for Community Health Program

In 2008, The Community Clinics Initiative (CCI)’s launched their new Networking for Community Health grantmaking program. The program provides California community clinics with two-year grants to strengthen networking efforts with other organizations to promote the health of the communities they serve. Grantees’ networks have addressed a variety of community health ... Learn more »


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Creating Currents of Influence: Success Factors for a Multifaceted Social Change Initiative

This evaluation brief outlines how the Community Clinics Intiative (CCI), a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, has been successful in effecting broad and deep social change within the community-clinics field in California.

In addition to a description of CCI’s impacts and the evaluation design, the brief discusses critical ... Learn more »


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Building Capacity and Improving Care: The Impact of the Kaiser Permanente Community Clinic Partnership

The Kaiser Permanente Community Clinic Partnership (the Partnership) is a collaboration of Kaiser Permanente (KP) in California and the state’s system of community clinics. KP contracted with BTW informing change to examine the Partnership experience within KP,  the clinic networks and individual clinics. The evaluation focuses on the Partnership’s first ... Learn more »


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Documenting the JRS Model

The early childhood years are a gateway into Jewish life for children and their families, and preschool is a prime time for young families to engage with the Jewish community. Seizing this opportunity, the JRS Initiative endeavors to build the field of Jewish early childhood education, enhance families’ engagement and ... Learn more »


Ex2 Evaluation Findings Dashboard

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Clinic Leadership Institute Executive Excellence Program Findings

In 2012, Blue Shield of California Foundation launched the Executive Excellence program (Ex2), the most recent addition to the suite of Clinic Leadership Institute programs. Administered by UCLA Anderson Executive Education, Ex2 offers a range of instruction and supports to catalyze leadership and effectiveness among executive teams in California’s community ... Learn more »


CLI Emerging Leaders Evaluation Findings Dashboard_Page

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Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Program Findings

Now in its seventh year, the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program continues to develop individual leaders, strengthen sponsoring organizations and bolster California’s community health centers system so it will thrive for years to come. In the most recent evaluation findings, highlighted by Informing Change in a data dashboard ... Learn more »


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Charting the Course: Career Paths Among Emerging Health Center Leaders

As California faces the challenges of an evolving healthcare landscape and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there is an unprecedented need for a committed and adaptable network of leaders in the community health centers field. To meet this need, Blue Shield of California Foundation has ... Learn more »


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Bridging the Divide Between Leadership Development & Organizational Outcomes

The Blue Shield of California Foundation and the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco launched the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program to prepare emerging leaders to move into executive positions. But how do the learnings from a structured leadership program translate to the ... Learn more »


Preparing Diverse Leaders for Advacement in LGBT Organizations

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Preparing Diverse Leaders for Advancement in LGBT Organizations

The Pipeline Project offers the 21st Century Fellows Program to managers of color working at LGBT human rights and advocacy organizations with the intention of retaining and advancing these fellows in the field. The year-long leadership program aims to: build fellows’ leadership skills through a Rockwood Leadership Institute curriculum, create ... Learn more »


Preparing the Clinic Leaders of Tomorrow

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Preparing the Clinic Leaders of Tomorrow

The Blue Shield of California Foundation is partnering with the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco to design and implement the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program. This intensive, 18-month program prepares emerging leaders to move into executive positions within five to eight years ... Learn more »


CLI Brief for Web

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Strengthening the Leadership Pipeline

In 2008, The Blue Shield of California Foundation partnered with the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco to address leadership needs in the community clinics field. They launched the Clinic Leadership Institute (CLI), an 18-month leadership program designed to prepare next generation leaders to ... Learn more »


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Coaching and Philanthropy: An Action Guide for Coaches

What does it take to become an effective coach in the nonprofit sector? How can coaches assess leaders’ readiness for coaching? How can coaches ensure a successful engagement? These are just a few of the questions that Coaching and Philanthropy: An Action Guide for Coaches addresses in this guide ... Learn more »


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Coaching and Philanthropy: An Action Guide for Grantmakers

How does coaching differ from other types of nonprofit supports? Why should grantmakers support coaching? When and how should coaching be used? These are just a few of the questions that Coaching and Philanthropy: An Action Guide for Grantmakers addresses in this guide that highlights the findings from the Coaching ... Learn more »


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Utilizing One-on-One and Peer Group Coaching to Enhance Nonprofit Leadership: The Center for Leadership Innovation’s Pilot Coaching Project

The Center for Leadership Innovation (TCLI), formerly known as the Development Training Institute, embarked on a pilot project to offer two types of coaching to emerging leaders of color who had completed a leadership training. TCLI alumni were given the opportunity to participate in one-on-one coaching, peer group coaching, or ... Learn more »


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Coaching and Philanthropy: An Action Guide for Nonprofits

What is coaching? How can coaching contribute to my development as a nonprofit leader? What kind of coaching is right for me and my organization? How much is coaching? These are just a few of the questions that Coaching and Philanthropy: An Action Guide for Nonprofits addresses in this guide ... Learn more »


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What Helps Leaders Grow: Highlights from the Fund for Leadership Advancement

This report offers lessons learned from the James Irvine Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Advancement Initiative. This summary is based on the full evaluation report, “Strengthening Nonprofit Leaders to Enhance Organizational Capacity.”


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Enhancing Nonprofit Leadership Through Coaching: LeaderSpring’s Executive Coaching Project

LeaderSpring’s Executive Coaching Project (ECP) complements their existing two-year leadership program for nonprofit executives who are predominantly leaders of color and/or work in communities of color. Informing Change conducted an evaluation of the ECP and found that, overall, the Executive Coaching Project is a unique and effective model for supporting ... Learn more »


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The Pipeline Promise: A Study of Emerging Leaders in California’s Community Clinics

This report describes the findings and implications from a study of emerging leaders within the community clinics field in California. It looks at the degree to which their group of clinic staff are interested in and poised to become future CEOs, medical directors or other senior leaders in community clinics ... Learn more »


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Taking the Pulse: The State of Medical Director Leadership in California Community Clinics

This report describes the findings and implications from a study of Medical Directors within California’s community clinics field. It looks at Medical director’s career pathways and their current job satisfaction, the most significant rewards and challenges of their leadership position, the extent to which they share leadership with others and ... Learn more »


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Mission Critical: The State of CEO Leadership in California Community Clinics

This report describes the findings and implications from an assessment of CEOs within California’s community clinics field. It looks at CEO’s perspectives on their current position, career path and aspirations, job challenges and rewards and the types of support that are most important for them to be successful in their ... Learn more »


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Community Clinic Leadership in California: State of the Field and Implications for the Future

What kinds of actions taken now would ensure that community clinics have the leaders they need to meet the impending challenges of coming years? In 2008, two leading health care funders in California—the Blue Shield of California Foundation and the Community Clinics Initiative, a joint project of Tides and The ... Learn more »


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Cultivating Leadership Through Social Change Initiatives: Broadening Our View and Support of Nonprofit Leaders

In 2008, Informing Change examined the ways in which the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI), a joint project of Tides and The California Endowment, has sought to develop and strengthen leadership in community clinics in California. Throughout the life of the Initiative, CCI has aimed to enhance the capacities of its ... Learn more »


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The Nature of Leadership: Lessons from an Exemplary Statesman

Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson was an extraordinary political leader and public servant. With help from Informing Change, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation conceptualized and produced a new publication to document Senator Jackson’s legacy of leadership in public service.

In The Nature of Leadership: Lessons from an Exemplary Statesman (July 2008), ... Learn more »


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A Blueprint for Action: Coaching as a Tool for Building Leadership and Effective Organizations in the Nonprofit Sector

In 2005, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation initiated the Coaching and Philanthropy Project to assess the use of coaching within the nonprofit sector. Coaching is a powerful strategy for cultivating strong leadership and building effective organizations, and the Foundation sought to expand the use of coaching among nonprofits.

Informing Change’s research ... Learn more »


Philanthropy


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Infographic: Effective Consulting Partnerships to Philanthropy

Over the years we’ve had both productive and challenging experiences working with other consultants on philanthropy projects. Reflecting on these experiences, and from talking with others in the field, we wrote an article for the Foundation Review to spark the conversation on how consulting partnerships, in supporting philanthropy, take different ... Learn more »


Hewlett for site

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Assessment of Regranting Intermediaries Strategy: Exploring the Ecosystem of Support for Individual Artists & Small Arts Organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area

In 2014, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program engaged Informing Change in partnership with Olive Grove to assess the effectiveness of the Foundation’s approach to support regranting intermediaries. The Foundation works with these regranting intermediaries to target San Francisco Bay Area small arts organizations, individual artists ... Learn more »


sww_fieldbrief_2014

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Views on Growing Impact from Grantmakers and Nonprofits: Select Highlights from the Evaluation of GEO’s Scaling What Works Initiative

From 2010 to 2014, Scaling What Works was a multi-year learning initiative of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) to expand the number of grantmakers and public sector funders who are working together to grow the impact of high-performing nonprofit organizations. Through the Initiative, GEO offered training, networking opportunities, and a ... Learn more »


Ensuring the Rights of Study Participants - Resource Documents

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Ensuring the Rights of Study Participants: Resource Documents for Philanthropic Organizations

What does it really mean to treat evaluation study participants fairly, equitably and with the utmost respect? For foundation staff without deep research backgrounds, it is vital to understand whether evaluators are taking appropriate steps to protect the participants in their work. Does every study require an Institutional Review Board ... Learn more »


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Measuring the Immeasurable: Lessons for Building Grantee Capacity to Evaluate Hard-to-Assess Efforts

 

 


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Making the Most of Evaluation

During Informing Change’s multi-year evaluation of the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI), we observed that CCI was particularly effective in extracting knowledge and lessons while the evaluation was underway. This made their grantmaking more responsive and strategic.

In this article, we identify five tactics that CCI used to ensure that the evaluation ... Learn more »


More-Than-the-Money

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More Than the Money: Fiscal Sponsorship’s Unrealized Potential

Informing Change’s explored the issue of fiscal sponsorship; how the practice currently supports nonprofit sector work, how donors and funders perceive it, how it still holds untapped potential for public problem solving.

Fiscal sponsorship—as it exists and as it could be—has a place in the independent-sector toolbox for the 21st century, ... Learn more »


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Designing Learning Communities for Enhanced Impact

Informing Change’s evaluations often include structured experiences to help participants understand the process and what can be learned from it.

In this article, Informing Change’s Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning outlines key factors for successful learning communities and describes benefits of participation to funders. This article first appeared in LEARNING, ... Learn more »


Youth Engagement


Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative Evaluation - Year 1 Final Report

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Denver-Boulder Jewish Teen Initiative Evaluation: Year One Report

Like many Jewish communities, the Denver Metro area has experienced declining numbers of post-bar and bat mitzvah-aged youth participating in Jewish life. The Jewish Life Committee of Rose Community Foundation and Allied Jewish Federation sought re-invigorate Jewish life for teens in the area. After gathering feedback and data to identify ... Learn more »


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Finding New Paths for Teen Engagement and Learning: A Funder Collaborative Leads the Way

Our case study on the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative shares what we have learned in studying the process and accomplishments of a group of local and national funders from ten different communities, all bound by a common overarching pursuit, but each with their own goals, strategies and structures. It details the ... Learn more »


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New Jewish Specialty Camps: From Idea to Reality

In 2008 the Jim Joseph Foundation invested $10 million to create and develop new specialty camps for Jewish teens, using the concept of an incubator for a small cohort of camp entrepreneurs.  The Incubator was entrusted to the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), which took on the challenge to help ... Learn more »


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The State of Volunteering in North American Jewish Not-for-Profit Organizations

In 2011, Repair the World commissioned the first major assessment of the state of volunteering in the Jewish not-for-profit community. A group of New York University graduate students from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service designed and distributed the survey, resulting in over 200 responses.

Informing Change then analyzed ... Learn more »


Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens

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Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens: What Jewish Communities Can Learn from Programs That Work

On behalf of the Jim Joseph Foundation, Informing Change collaborated with Rosov Consulting to conduct a body of research around teen education programs, identifying leading efforts inside and outside of the Jewish world that are engaging young people in experiences that are relevant, meaningful and ongoing. Twenty-one programs were chosen ... Learn more »


2012 Evaluation Memos

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Key Learnings from Nadiv’s Launch & The Nadiv Story Unfolding

The Nadiv Program (Nadiv) is an innovative pilot made possible by a partnership between the Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation and is operated by The Foundation for Jewish Camp. The collaborative Nadiv partnership created six new Jewish educator positions, Nadiv Educators, which are shared between Jewish summer ... Learn more »


JSC 2011-12 Evaluation Findings

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Jewish Student Connection: 2011–12 Evaluation Findings

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) aims to serve as a catalyst for Jewish teens to take ownership of their Jewish future by creating in-school educational experiences in public and private high schools. JSC’s student-run clubs provide opportunities for teens to build community, learn about Jewish history and Israel, and gain access ... Learn more »


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The Jewish Resource Specialist Program Year 1 Evaluation Findings

The Jewish Resource Specialist Program (JRS) is a flagship professional development initiative of the Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. JRS was designed to deepen the overall Jewish experience in early childhood Jewish educational institutions and support ... Learn more »


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The Worth of What They Do

As part of its efforts in building the field of Jewish service-learning, Repair the World commissioned Informing Change to conduct an exploratory study on the impact of short-term immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) on the organizations and communities that host these groups.

The study included interviews with representatives of host community CBO/NGOs ... Learn more »


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Jewish Service Learning: What Is and What Could Be

In the fall of 2007, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation commissioned Informing Change to assess the landscape of Jewish Service Learning.

Informing Change examined the current capacity among Jewish Service Learning practitioners and the support required to expand that capacity. ... Learn more »


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The Cost of a Volunteer

Informing Change conducted an examination of 21 volunteer programs nationwide to assess the true cost of organizing a high-quality volunteer program. The study helped the field better understand the implications of the President’s Call to Service for the nonprofit sector.

Read the results of the review and find out what it ... Learn more »