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Learning through measurement and evaluation help us better support programs that improve education, boost entrepreneurship, and help Kansas City thrive.

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.
  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.


2019 Annual Learning Report

(3/9/20) We believe in collecting and analyzing data and reflecting on the results can lead to important learnings that improve our work moving forward. This brief summarizes the five key themes from lessons developed in 2019.


Building an Internal Learning Culture in a Foundation

(9/5/19) Kauffman Foundation summer intern Leann Caudill shares four recommendations on how to build a culture of learning inside a Foundation.


Third-party Evaluations Guide: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (an Evaluation)

(7/23/19) At the Kauffman Foundation, we seek to pair internally operated programs and large grant portfolios with a third-party evaluation partner.


How-To Guides for Grantees: Metrics and Lessons Learned

(7/23/19) The Foundation sees three primary purposes for grant reporting: to UNDERSTAND the results of a grant, to LEARN key lessons with grantees, and to SUPPORT the grantee in their work.


Developing Expected Outputs and Outcomes

(3/6/19) The Kauffman Foundation developed a guide to help grant applicants build rigorous and specific metrics.


Kauffman Foundation Annual Learning Report 2018

(3/6/19) 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.


Kauffman Foundation Annual Learning Report 2017

(01/18/18) 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.


Kauffman Foundation Nonprofit Effectiveness Report 2017

(01/18/18) 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.


Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Reporting Guide

(11/01/17) The Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Reporting Guide outlines our recommendations for presenting evaluation findings in clear, accessible and actionable ways.


Kauffman Foundation Evaluation Guide

(10/16/15) The Evaluation Guide describes the Kauffman Foundation’s policies for measurement and evaluation.


Evaluation Advisory Committee

(2/22/17) 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.