NNCG Knowledge Center

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Welcome to NNCG's Knowledge Center -- a searchable, online database of resources for and about grantmaking, produced by highly qualified and experienced philanthropy consultants. NNCG's Knowledge Center contains a wealth of reports, case studies, infographics, issue briefs, videos and more that offer ideas, research and helpful information about almost every aspect of philanthropy. Each item was authored or published by an NNCG member. NNCG constructed the Knowledge Center in partnership with Candid -- one of the most respected and trusted sources of information in the philanthropic field.
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Evaluating Complexity: Propositions for Improving Practice

November 11, 2014

This practice brief is intended to bring together knowledge about systems change, complexity, and evaluation in a way that clarifies and describes how the practice of evaluation needs to evolve to better serve the social sector.

Two Decades of Investment in Substance-Use Prevention and Treatment

March 17, 2014

This FSG report assesses two decades of investment by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reduce harm from alcohol and other drugs in the United States. Over this time, the foundation spent nearly $700 million in pursuit of this goal, representing the largest investment in substance use prevention and treatment ever made by a nonprofit, philanthropic funder.This retrospective assessment explores the evolution of the foundation's substance-use strategies and goals, examines what RWJF achieved as a result of these efforts, and identifies strengths and challenges of the foundation's approach.

Building a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System for Your Organization

August 20, 2013

The current state of evaluation in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors points to the need for a more strategic approach to evaluation. In this guide, we provide a framework and set of practices that can help organizations be more systematic, coordinated, and intentional about what to evaluate, when, why, with whom, and with what resources.

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