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.

How-To Guides for Grantees: Metrics and Lessons Learned

The primary purpose of a grant's output and outcome metrics is to test hypotheses and create learnings that can drive continuous improvement for the grantee and the Kauffman Foundation.
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Developing Expected Outputs and Outcomes

The Kauffman Foundation developed a guide to help grant applicants build rigorous and specific metrics.
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Kauffman Foundation Annual Learning Report 2018

Each year, the Kauffman Foundation gathers the lessons shared by our grantees and presents a summary of them in the Annual Learning Report. Here are the results of 2018's learnings.
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Kauffman Foundation Annual Learning Report 2017

The 2017 Annual Learning Report from the Kauffman Foundation synthesizes the key themes we see across the lessons that have been generated from grant reports, external evaluations and staff presentations to the Board of Trustees.
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Kauffman Foundation Nonprofit Effectiveness Report 2017

The goal of the Kauffman Foundation’s KC Civic Nonprofit Effectiveness funding area is to strengthen nonprofits through services provided to them by quality intermediary organizations. These intermediaries provide services designed to build nonprofit capacity and efficiencies so that nonprofit organizations can, in turn, better serve community needs.
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Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Reporting Guide

The Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Reporting Guide outlines our recommendations for presenting evaluation findings in clear, accessible and actionable ways.
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Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Guide

The Evaluation Guide describes the Kauffman Foundation's policies for measurement and evaluation.
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Evaluation Advisory Committee

To ensure that the Kauffman Foundation’s evaluation and measurement work meets the highest standards, the Foundation has named an Evaluation Advisory Committee who provide strategic advice about program and grant evaluation practices.
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