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informing change is excited to share new research and discussion topics that are the result of our work over the past few months. We find these topics interesting and relevant to advancing the philanthropic and nonprofit fields, and we want to share our current learnings with you!

Insights on Change


Reflections from the Grantmakers for Effective Organization's National Conference 


More than 500 grantmakers descended on Seattle, Washington earlier this month for Grantmakers for Effective Organization's National Conference. BTW recently started working with GEO to evaluate their learning initiative, Scaling What Works. The initiative convenes agencies across multiple sectors, including philanthropy and government, to support grantmaking practices focused on social innovation that contribute to growing impact. Kim Ammann Howard reflects on the partnerships between foundation and government agencies in her blog "Don't Forget About "Small p" Partnerships" while Ria Sengupta Bhatt discusses how evaluation can be useful for purposes beyond accountability in her blog "Evaluation Beyond Accountability." 

Where are the Impact Measurements in Corporate Giving Programs?   


Each year corporations give away billions of dollars in corporate giving programs and yet there are little or no impact measurements to understand the impact of these efforts. In a new blog post, "Where are the Impact Measurements in Corporate Giving Programs?" Gagandeep Kaur and Regina Sheridan, share their thoughts about the topic and offer a few resources for reporting frameworks. Tell us about your own experience managing or measuring the impact of corporate giving programs.


 Publications & Presentations


Strategies to Strengthen California's After-School System  

Overview of Final Eval Findings     

How can funders support after-school programs to promote continuous improvement? In December 2006, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation approved a four-year investment to support the California After School Education and Safety Program for exactly this reason. The Foundation employed three core strategies to address the issue: develop an integrated technical assistance system, promote workforce development and strengthen the leadership of California's after-school field. A new BTW report, "Overview of Final Evaluation Findings: 2007-2010 After-school & Summer Enrichment Subprogram," shares findings from the four-year evaluation that examined the impacts and effectiveness of these strategies on the after-school field. The report can be used as a learning tool to inform other funders' out-of-school time support. 



Engaging More & Diverse Voices in the Healthcare Discussion   


Over The Power of Policy & Advocacy the past four years, the Community Clinics Initiative, a joint project of The California Endowment and Tides, has worked to enhance the capacity of California community health centers through their Networking for Community Health program. The program supports community health centers as they develop partnerships with other organizations (e.g., social servicHarnessing the Power of Youth e agencies, schools, neighborhood associations) and empower residents to take action for community health. As part of this effort, BTW is examining the ways grantees design and implement projects to address local needs. Two new reports describe a sub-set of these projects. "Harnessing the Power of Youth" examines how some grantee projects involve youth in community health efforts, while "The Power of Partnership for Policy and Advocacy," describes how clinic consortia work to bring more diverse voices, particularly clinic staff and patients, into health-related discussions occurring in California.


Networks: Promises & Perils  


LLC Networking Webinar BTW's Director of Evaluation & Organizational Learning Kim Ammann Howard, Claire Reinelt from the Leadership Learning Community and Melanie Moore Kubo from See Change recently hosted a Leadership Learning Community Webinar, "The Promise and Perils of Supporting and Evaluating Network Formation and Development." Kim discussed the formation, cultivation and evaluation of networks. To read more about Kim's thoughts on evaluating networks, read her blog "Don't Throw Out the Baby with the Bath Water."





We've Moved! 


It is with great excitement that we announce that on January 9, 2012, BTW moved to our new offices in Berkeley. We are now located at 2040 Bancroft Way, Suite 400, Berkeley CA 94704, just three blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. We look forward to working with our clients from our new office and encourage you to stop by!


A Growing Team 


BTW welcomes Jay Sherwin to our team! As Director of BTW's education practice, Jay will design and lead projects focused on education and philanthropic initiatives. Jay has extensive experience in these fields and has consulted for foundations and nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, communication and evaluation issues. During his tenure as Vice President for Programs at the College Access Foundation of California and Senior Program Office at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, he designed and directed multi-year grantmaking initiatives to improve students' academic achievement and promote college access and completion.  


Nadia Salibi has also recently joined us at BTW. In her role as Senior Associate, Nadia draws on deep expertise in the public and private healthcare sector to manage evaluation projects. Prior to joining BTW, Nadia consulted with nonprofit clients at Harder+Company and worked on policy development at American Specialty Health.


We are hiring an Associate to join our team. If you have a passion for data collection, analysis and writing--or know someone who does--please send a resume and cover letter to  


Events Calendar




What: California Workforce Association's Annual Spring Conference         

When: April 4-6, 2012    

Where: San Diego, CA   

Who: Registration is now open for CWA members and non-members.


Council on Foundations' Annual Conference  

What: Council on Foundations' Annual Conference

When: April 29-May 1, 2012

Where: Los Angeles, CA               

Who: Registration is open for members and non-members.

Council on Foundations


The New Public Health - Rewiring for the Future

What: American Public Health Association Midyear Meeting

When: June 26-28, 2012

Where: Charlotte, NC

Who: Registration is now open for members and non-members.

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