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SIF Learning & Sharing

Preschoolers sitting on the floor listening to teacher

The six Social Innovation Fund (SIF) sub-grantee projects focus their work on one or more of Generation Next’s five cradle-to-career goals.

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The real focus of the SIF awards is to not only have the sub-grantees serve children and youth and achieve their program’s intended outcomes in the above goals, but also to find sub-grantees with the capacity to participate in the SIF evaluation process, which is designed to strengthen the evidence about which practices work to impact each of the goals.

One of the distinguishing features of SIF is the program’s commitment to sharing knowledge to strengthen the nonprofit sector. Please check back here to see cross-project evaluation reports are they are completed. Sub-grantees will release interim evaluations annually, beginning in 2015.

  • Key Evaluation Questions

    The Social Innovation Fund project is working with the University of Minnesota Center for Applied Research and Education Improvement (CAREI) to evaluate the work of their sub-grantees. The evaluation questions look at the impact of each program on child/student outcomes, including which program elements most significantly improve outcomes and how impact varies for different demographic groups. In addition, the evaluations focus on program implementation, looking at how the programs are working, and the context in which they are being implemented.

    Specific research questions for each sub-grantee include:


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    One of the big challenges for Social Innovation Fund sub-grantees across the country is the federal funder’s expectation that those programs increase the evidence that demonstrates their effectiveness. To help support programs in developing rigorous evaluations, the Corporation for National & Community Service developed Evaluation Plan Guidance that may be used by community programs to guide development of their own evaluation plans.