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Using Data to Drive Action

Thursday, August 25, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Foundations often rely on research to inform their theory of change, but then fail to refine their grant-making based on the results of their efforts.

Back by popular demand, join Southern California Grantmakers and Project Tomorrow’s Gregory Nicholson and Julie Evans for an interactive workshop that will help guide foundations through a process of identifying the right data to collect from your work, changing data into information, and information into knowledge that is actionable.  

Project Tomorrow will model a process for refining a foundation’s grantmaking strategy through research, data collection, and evaluation.   

This session is recommended for foundations that have the capacity and desire to take an active role in measuring the impact of their grantmaking in order to refine their theory of change and/or grant-making practices based on evaluation. 

Lunch will be provided.




Julie Evans @JulieEvans_PT
CEO, Project Tomorrow

Julie Evans has been CEO of Project Tomorrow (, one of the nation’s leading education nonprofit organizations, since 1999. She developed the Speak Up National Research Project in 2003 and has served as the chief researcher on this project and other digital learning national research projects. Previously, Evans enjoyed a 17-year career in national and regional sales and marketing management with Unisys and two education technology startups. She is a graduate of Brown University and serves on the Board of Directors of Project Tomorrow, the Reaching At-Promise Students Association Advisory Board, and the TechSETS Advisory Board. She is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on K-12 and higher education issues around digital learning. Evans was named in April 2008 as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Education Technology over the past 10 years by eSchool News.

Gregory Nicholson
Director of Advancement, Project Tomorrow

Gregory Nicholson is Project Tomorrow’s Director of Advancement. He is committed to securing the resources needed to achieve our mission, through funds as well as partnership development. Previously, he was Assistant Director at the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING where he was responsible for the recruitment of districts, schools, and teachers into the ART of TEACHING, as well as communications and partnerships. In that role, Nicholson co-founded the Mathematics Leadership Corps in Culver City to promote improved teaching and learning in mathematics throughout the K-12 district. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Michigan State University, where he was a University Distinguished Fellow and the author of the university’s decennial re-accreditation report. Prior to graduate school he worked in non-profit management in social services and education. Nicholson graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.

No cost to participate.

Who May Attend: 
Current SCG members only. We recommend teams of two from the same organization attend.

Space is limited to only 20 participants to allow attendees to begin work on refining their grantmaking goals and developing a plan for continuous improvement.

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