Announcing our 2017 Cohort!
September 13, 2017
SFF is pleased to announce the organizations we have selected to join our Impact Lab – an intensive 18-month program to provide select grantees with a collaborative learning environment, tailored coaching, and tools and techniques to improve evaluation systems and create a culture of learning within their organizations.
- Breakthrough Silicon Valley
- Building Skills Partnership
- Fresh Lifelines for Youth
- Grail Family Services
- Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
- Rebuilding Together Peninsula
- Sacred Heart Community Service
- Samaritan House
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
- Somos Mayfair
Please join us in congratulating our new cohort. We look forward to sharing more with you throughout the year.
Background on the Sobrato Impact Lab
High-impact organizations are strengthening their evaluation capacity because they know that harnessing data and learning helps them deepen their impact in the community, adapt to changing landscapes and make the case for their program model. Effective evaluation is one of the most important tools for learning how to improve upon an organization’s work, but building data systems and translating learning into action is a significant challenge. Organizations are constantly working toward more meaningful ways to measure the impact of their work and create a culture of learning to translate data into more effective approaches. Many Sobrato Family Foundation grantees are making strides in this important work, and they are eager for opportunities to build on and hone their existing efforts.
The Sobrato Family Foundation is launching a hands-on impact lab for select grantees that will use a combination of individualized and peer-to-peer learning to expand and accelerate participating organizations’ efforts to evaluate the impact of their work. Sobrato is building on its legacy of empowering organizations in the community to achieve lasting social change by investing in their capacity to measure that change and learn from the results.
We have designed an intensive 18-month program that will provide participants with a collaborative learning environment, tailored coaching, and tools and techniques to improve evaluation systems and create a culture of learning within their organizations. Sobrato will select a cohort of eight to 10 grantee organizations that are currently working toward more effective, accurate systems for evaluating impact. Over the course of 18 months, grantees will have the opportunity to attend in-person learning sessions; receive nearly 100 hours of customized, one-on-one expert coaching; and develop specific plans for harnessing evaluation data and implementing new learning systems across their organizations. We know grantees are busy advancing their core missions in the communities they serve; that’s why the learning sessions and coaching hours are spread out over an 18-month period, giving participants’ an in-depth experience in a realistic time frame.
When organizations embrace a culture of insightful evaluation and continuous learning, they can harness the power of data to ensure that their hard work will change people’s lives for the better – and for good.