The Foundation is committed to meaningful results that will help gauge our progress in improving the health of all Kansans. Because we must be responsible for and transparent in our investments, we will use evaluation to help us:
Within this section, information can be found on the Foundation’s approach to evaluation, an explanation of the measurable results the Foundation is tracking, current and past program evaluations, lessons learned and a list of tools and resources that both informs the Foundation’s evaluation work and may be of interest to other individuals and organizations.
We welcome feedback. If you have questions about the evaluation expectations, please contact Nadine Long, program officer, at 316-491-8456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To determine whether we’re making strides toward our mission, the Foundation works with grantees to clarify goals, state desired grant results, articulate strategies and identify indicators of progress. This approach helps grantees successfully reach their goals, measures the success of the Foundation’s initiatives and informs future Foundation grant making.
Evaluation begins with the grant application and review process so grantees begin work with the final results in mind. Evaluation benefits grantees by providing:
Evaluations are helpful for grantees to measure their own work. Grantees report their progress annually and submit a final summary of their results at the end of the grant term. We partner with grantees to develop mutually agreed-upon goals and milestones and provide any assistance necessary during this process.
To monitor the progress toward our outcomes, the Foundation has identified the measurable results in both program areas. These results guide not only the Foundation’s programmatic decision making, but also its evaluations.
Though measurable results play a vital part in the Foundation’s grant making, it is important to understand both the strengths and limitations of setting specific measures for focus areas.
The Foundation is an organization committed to learning from both our successes and our failures. One important aspect of evaluation is the ability to see what works and what doesn’t. From there, we try to determine why something did or did not work. By answering these questions, we are able to continually improve our planning, preparation and grant making.
Each day allows us to learn new lessons to become more impactful as a strategic grant making organization. As a result of 25 years of grant making, the Foundation has learned some key lessons that will guide us both now and in the future:
Every month, our electronic newsletter, Health Happenings, features a story about a focus area, grant, partnership or program involving the Foundation.