At the Kauffman Foundation, we believe measurement and evaluation are vitally important to achieving our mission to help people become economically independent by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success.

Evaluation provides Foundation leadership and staff with rigorous evidence to support strategic learning and inform decision-making about grants and the programs we operate directly.

Our evaluation work is driven by three goals:

  1. track and understand our progress in achieving strategic objectives;
  2. create and share lessons learned along the way; and
  3. use evaluation results to increase our impact.

The Foundation's evaluation framework spans all three levels at which the Foundation operates: grants, internally operated programs, and program-area strategies. While we use different measurement approaches for each of these levels, there is a consistent focus on establishing and tracking progress toward key outcomes.

For more information about our evaluation framework see our "Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Guide" (right).

In addition, our approach to using performance metrics is explained in the guide "Developing Expected Outputs and Outcomes" (right).

Finally, to help our third-party evaluation partners create reports that can drive decision-making at the Foundation, we partnered with Evergreen Data to compile a guide to the best practices in data reporting and visualization in our "Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Reporting Guide" (right).

The Foundation has named an Evaluation Advisory Committee to provide strategic advice about program and grant evaluation practices. Learn how the EAC ensures the Foundation’s evaluation and measurement work meets the highest standards >

To learn more about the Foundation's grantmaking process, visit our Grants page >