For a research project examining (1) which aspects of foundation/grantee interaction best predict whether grantees think funders understand their beneficiaries needs, (2) whether grantees think that funders prioritize their funding around their understanding of beneficiary needs, and (3) how the perceptions a grantee has of their foundation's understanding of its intended beneficiaries' needs factors into the overall strength of relationship a grantee has with a foundation.
CEP provides data and insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and, as a result, their intended impact.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
$358,000 / 3 years (2015-2017)
For the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH)
Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center that builds knowledge to improve policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities. Chapin Hall is currently undertaking CalYOUTH to evaluate the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes for foster youth during the transition to adulthood. With this grant, the study team will bring the findings from the longitudinal study back to the foster youth and gain their feedback on the data and policies being made on their behalf.
Innovations for Poverty Action
$468,450/ 2 years (2016–2017)
For research to evaluate relationships between perceptual feedback and outcomes from the people we seek to help.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA is undertaking research to examine whether feedback data can predict which type of beneficiary receives the biggest impact from a program and which does not.
$500,000 / 2 years (2016 – 2017)
To embed and integrate a perceptual feedback study into REDF’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) evaluation with the aim of answering the following questions: Are participants’ perceptions about the effectiveness of social enterprise programs predictive of subsequent job placement and retention or other secondary outcomes?
REDF is an intermediary that provides grants and technical assistance to employment social enterprises – businesses with a double-bottom line that hire and provide training to people facing barriers to employment. REDF has a focus on those who have faced homelessness, incarceration, mental health illness, or "opportunity youth." In 2015, REDF was awarded a federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant for the period 2016 – 2020 to fund a national portfolio of 22 employment social enterprises and evaluate the effectiveness of the program model. RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, will be serving as the external evaluator for the SIF evaluation including the perceptual feedback research.
Urban Institute with Feeding America
$600,000 / 3 years (2015-2017)
For a research pilot to test and identify the most successful methods and systems for rigorous, systematic collection of client feedback, and then to roll those out to Feeding America food banks and member agencies nationwide
The Urban Institute conducts research and offers evidence-based solutions to pressing social and economic problems. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that provides food to more than 46 million people annually. Together these partners will rigorously test methods for gathering client feedback, using the data to improve services, and communicating to clients how their input made a difference. The most effective methods will then be rolled out across the Feeding America network.