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Evaluation & Impact

As a learning organization, ECMC Foundation prioritizes measurement and evaluation as one of its core values. Measuring progress and evaluating what works – and what does not -- allows us to provide Foundation staff, grantees, and the broader field with information about the implementation and impact of projects funded through the Foundation’s focus areas.

Since our inception, we have made over $200 million in grants and investments, directly impacting almost 400,000 people in nearly every state.  ECMC Foundation is committed to sharing what we have learned from our investments in order to advance improvements in educational outcomes for students from underserved populations. See our recent evaluation studies and grantee spotlights.

As a learning organization, measurement and evaluation allow us to provide Foundation staff, grantees, and the field with information about the implementation and impact of projects funded through the Foundation’s focus areas. These findings will foster learning from evidence and will help build the knowledge base—within the Foundation and beyond—about what constitutes an effective program for students from underserved backgrounds, what conditions lead to successful implementation and outcomes, and what impact the program has on participants. Finally, findings allow the Foundation to identify promising innovations that justify further support so that they may be expanded, replicated or scaled.

Evaluation

ECMC Foundation directly supports independent evaluations of select grantees and projects to inform the Foundation’s programmatic improvements, program expansion and strategic investments.

Our findings from these investments aim to help build the knowledge base—within the Foundation and beyond—about what constitutes an effective program for students from underserved backgrounds, what conditions lead to successful implementation and outcomes, and what impact the program has on participants. In keeping with our strategy to promote evidence-based innovation, we also use this information to identify promising innovations that justify further support so that they may be expanded, replicated or scaled.

See recent evaluations, including:

Initial Findings on the Basic Needs Initiative (Education Northwest)

Monitoring & Reporting

To support our evaluation efforts and provide ECMC Foundation staff, grantees, and the field with information about the implementation and impact of projects funded through the Foundation’s focus areas, we monitor grants regularly and collect information in a formal reporting capacity annually. Our data collection methods include:

  • Measuring Grantee Progress: We require that each grantee identify and track unique measures of success, which are defined by the grantee and aligned to the goals of the grant. Annual assessments provide the Foundation with information on a program’s progress toward its targets and goals.
  • Gathering Insights from Participant Information: The Foundation captures key characteristics and attributes of grant-funded program participants. By distilling participant information by demographics, ECMC Foundation is able to garner deeper insights that inform our work and help drive our strategy.
  • Assessing Portfolio-Wide Performance: ECMC Foundation tracks a set of standardized metrics to help us better assess portfolio performance and the impact of our work.

See our recent learnings, including:

Reflecting on Six Years of Grantmaking to Support Community Colleges

5 Lessons for Using Ed Tech to Promote College Success

Investing in Single Mothers' Postsecondary Success

For More Information

Our Grants & Investments Since Inception page provides updated information on the scope of our grantmaking.

Our Grants & Investments Database provides information on each grant and investment we have made since our inception in 2015.

Current grantees can visit our Grantee Portal for more information on grant tracking and reporting.

Read our recent independent evaluation studies, learnings from our portfolio, grantee spotlights, and other research from the field to learn about promising strategies to improve outcomes among students from underserved backgrounds.


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