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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.

Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact: Assessing Progress and Impact

May 5, 2014

As collective impact has gained traction across the globe, demand has grown for an effective approach to evaluating collective impact initiatives that meets the needs of various interested parties. Collective impact practitioners seek timely, high-quality data that enables reflection and informs strategic and tactical decision making. Funders and other supporters require an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that can offer evidence of progress toward the initiative's goals at different points along the collective impact journey. This three part series responds to these needs by offering practitioners, funders, and evaluators a way to think about, plan for, and implement different performance measurement and evaluation activities.

Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact Supplement: Sample Questions, Outcomes and Indicators

May 5, 2014

As collective impact has gained traction across the globe, demand has grown for an effective approach to evaluating collective impact initiatives that meets the needs of various interested parties. Collective impact practitioners seek timely, high-quality data that enables reflection and informs strategic and tactical decision making. Funders and other supporters require an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that can offer evidence of progress toward the initiative's goals at different points along the collective impact journey. This three part series responds to these needs by offering practitioners, funders, and evaluators a way to think about, plan for, and implement different performance measurement and evaluation activities.

Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact: Learning and Evaluation in the Collective Impact Context

May 5, 2014

As collective impact has gained traction across the globe, demand has grown for an effective approach to evaluating collective impact initiatives that meets the needs of various interested parties. Collective impact practitioners seek timely, high-quality data that enables reflection and informs strategic and tactical decision making. Funders and other supporters require an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that can offer evidence of progress toward the initiative's goals at different points along the collective impact journey. This three-part report responds to these needs by offering practitioners, funders, and evaluators a way to think about, plan for, and implement different performance measurement and evaluation activities.

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.

Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future

December 1, 2013

International NGOs have a unique and important role to play in addressing today's complex global challenges. But few of them are living up to their full potential. With support from the Hewlett Foundation, FSG researched how the most innovative INGOs are adapting to the disruptions in the global development sector and embracing four approaches to create greater impact.

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

September 1, 2013

This Learning Brief draws from literature and research, as well as more than a dozen interviews with foundation leaders, evaluation practitioners, and social sector thought leaders, with the intention of starting the conversation in the field around Next Generation Evaluation characteristics and approaches.

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.

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact - A Conversation with Workshop Faculty

June 11, 2013

In early 2013, more than 60 leaders of mature collective impact initiatives gathered in Cincinnati for a three day workshop to discuss their work leading backbone organizations, and to learn from each other about how to improve their practice. The workshop was organized by the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, FSG, the StriveNetwork, and the Tamarack Institute.At the close of the three day workshop, leaders from FSG, Strive, and Tamarack participated in a discussion on critical questions raised by workshop participants. The conversation touched on a range of topics including articulating the value of the backbone organization to funders and community partners, measuring the success of the backbone organization, and building shared leadership for collective impact work. This report reflects that panel discussion.

Boosting the Immunization Workforce: Lessons from the Merck Vaccine Network - Africa

November 19, 2012

This report shares lessons learned from The Merck Company Foundation's decade of experience building immunization capacity in Africa. The Merck Vaccine Network -- Africa, a philanthropic initiative to train immunization managers in Kenya, Mali, Uganda, and Zambia, suggests seven key lessons that can help other funders, governments, and NGOs designing or implementing similar vaccine delivery training programs improve the effectiveness and sustainability of their work.Merck's experience designing and supporting the initiative can offer valuable lessons for other actors in the immunization and broader global health fields who are engaged in or planning similar work. Specifically, we identify seven forward-looking lessons that can increase the effectiveness and sustainability of programs to build the capacity of the vaccine workforce in developing countries:Conduct a rigorous needs assessment to anchor efforts in local needs and priorities;Perform ongoing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to enable programs to adapt, improve, and generate evidence of impact to attract new partners and funding;Create a sustainability plan at the outset to ensure that program impact is maintained beyond the conclusion of initial funding;Embed programs into local health systems to ensure that investments leverage existing infrastructure, relationships, and resources, and that impact can be sustained beyond the life of the program;Employ locally-adapted curricula and appropriate teaching techniques to maximize transfer and retention of relevant knowledge;Incorporate supportive supervision into programs to ensure that transferred knowledge is maintained and acted upon;Facilitate and support regular convening and communication, enabling continuous learning for improvement.In addition to describing the approach taken by MVN-A and the results achieved in the four focus countries, this paper provides additional detail on each lesson, supported by case studies from the MVNA experience.

Measuring Shared Value: How to Unlock Value by Linking Social and Business Results

October 1, 2012

Measuring shared value allows companies to maximize opportunities for innovation, growth, and social impact at scale. This article explains the specific purpose of shared value measurement and offers a step-by-step process and pragmatic approaches to measurement with examples from leading companies.

Evaluating Social Innovation

August 1, 2012

The philanthropic sector has been experimenting with innovative grantmaking in the hopes of triggering significant and sustainable change. FSG's latest research report, collaboratively written with the Center for Evaluation Innovation, challenges grantmakers to explore the use of Developmental Evaluation when evaluating complex, dynamic, and emergent initiatives.

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