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Rigorous Program Evaluations on a Budget: How Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials are Possible in Many Areas of Social Policy

Publication date: 
03/01/2012

To illustrate the feasibility and value of low-cost Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) for policy officials and researchers, by providing concrete examples from diverse program areas. The guide summarizes five well-conducted, low-cost RCTs, carried out in real-world community settings.

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FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative: Reflections from the First Foundation Cohort

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01/01/2012

In 2007, the ADAM funding collaborative of Ralph Alpert, Mike Dively and Weston Milliken worked with Funders for LGBTQ Issues to launch a matching grants program designed to support and serve LGBTQ youth. Four years after the FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative began, foundation staff in the first cohort were asked about their participation in this project and what it revealed about engaging youth, the value (monetary and otherwise) of matching programs for small grants, and the proven potential of these programs to create outsized returns on investment.

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Strengthening Organizations to Mobilize Californians: Lessons Learned from a Major Initiative to Build the Capacity of Civic Engagement Nonprofits

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07/01/2011

TCC Group evaluated the results of its work with the above foundations on a major capacity-building initiative for twenty-seven community organizing nonprofits in California to strengthen such key abilities as leadership, decision-making, communication and fundraising.

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Making Measures Work for You: Outcomes and Evaluation

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05/01/2011

An outcomes-based approach to evaluation works, proponents say, because it uses straightforward metrics to assess actual impact. How else to know if the work you're supporting is leading to the desired changes? Other grantmakers counter that outcomes measurement should be approached with care. Hasty assumptions or over-confidence in the idea that program impacts can be translated into hard data can skew not only the evaluation but the work itself. This guide looks at tensions that drive the debate about outcomes measurement, as well as common questions about its potential risks and rewards.

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Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? A National Study of Philanthropic Practice

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01/01/2011

In 2012, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations released this report conducted by TCC Group, examining shifts in grantmaker practice since 2008, specifically, the connection between listening to and learning with grantees and the types of support that boost nonprofit resilience. In light of the economic downturn, this report is designed to be a tool for any grantmaker whose aim is not only to help nonprofits to weather the storm, but also to help them come out stronger at the end of it.

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Patterns and Trends in Grantmaking: A National Field Study of Grantmaker Practices - 2011

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01/01/2011

In 2011, GEO partnered with TCC Group to conduct a survey of staffed grantmaking foundations in the U.S. The goal of the study was to help strengthen the field by examining trends in the key funding practices that allow nonprofits to achieve better results, including grant structuring, stakeholder engagement, evaluation and collaborative problem solving.

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