Direct Solutions

We offer our partners custom services and tools that focus on the greatest areas of unmet need for practitioners and private and public funders, alike: evaluation, data and technology, and policy and procurement.”

“Strategic Evidence Plans (SEPs): At the heart of our partnerships are the co-creation of Strategic Evidence Plans or SEPs—multi-year roadmaps to accelerate our partners’ investments and activities for continuous evidence generation and program improvement, grounded in their operational reality and learning agenda.

Talent Solutions: Identifying and accessing the right talent and building up their capacity is key to executing on any SEP or TA initiative. We help our partners find outsourced or shared expert talent in data science, analysis, implementation, policy, and evaluation. We also offer Talent Accelerators that provide virtual, cohort-based professional development and peer-to-peer learning.”

Technical Assistance (TA): We offer “a menu” of technical assistance (TA) offerings related to evaluation, technology and data, and outcome-based policy and procurement that allow organizations to engage in activities appropriate for their existing capacity and immediate need. Examples of TA offerings include:

  • Data, Technology Tools:

    • Data and technology infrastructure audit and roadmaps

    • SEP implementation support

    • Customized solutions and training using low-cost or open source tools to optimize data collection, storage, management, analytics, visualization, reporting, predictive modeling, and tests of change

  • Policy and Procurement:

    • Evidence-focused policy, communications, and advocacy strategy

    • Outcome-based contracting and procurement activities

  • Evaluation:

    • Development or refinement of organizational or programmatic Theory of Change

    • Dashboards with metrics tiered to desired outcomes/theory of change

    • Developing a learning agenda and organizational culture for evidence building

    • Selection of evaluation methodologies appropriate for learning agenda

    • Conducting tests of change for evidence and continuous improvement

    • Assessment of program implementation and fidelity

    • Assessment of evidence building and data capacity, as well as readiness for SEP


Grantmaking Solutions: We offer additional services and support for funders who are looking to develop their own evidence-building capabilities. Examples include:

  • Support in developing theories of investment and outcomes frameworks, and translating those into practice

  • Supplement grantmaking/portfolio management staff

  • Review of grantmaking guidelines to support ethical data and evidence practices

  • Guidance to build capacity for evaluations

  • Review of investee and initiative evaluation plans and outcomes for grantmaking, impact investing, and pay-for-performance

  • Outsourced evaluation function or planning and TA for foundation staff

  • Learning events


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