Strategies

Strategy and Learning Consulting

We partner with values-aligned foundations and co-conspirators who seek to transform and reform philanthropic strategy, evaluation, and learning practices.

Our consulting aims to improve the ability of teams and leaders to shape and guide effective practice and change, and to increase their ability to shape and promote it in the philanthropic sector as a whole.

Our Work in Action

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

We have a long-term coaching and consultative relationship with the Packard Foundation’s Children, Families, and Communities program. We support the team on their overall evaluation and learning systems, and with specific activities such as advising on theories of change, learning agendas, learning meetings, monitoring approaches, and external evaluations.

Arcus Foundation

We worked with the Arcus Foundation on enhancing their learning capabilities. We helped an internal team develop an approach for embedding strategic learning into the Foundation’s team-based and cross-team work through culture change and a high level of staff involvement.

Obama Foundation

We worked with the Obama Foundation‘s Impact and Evaluation manager to develop a learning and evaluation system that would fit the Foundation’s unique needs. We conducted research with the Foundation’s staff and stakeholders and helped to co-develop an approach that could deliver high evaluative value while being realistic and right-sized.