October 14, 2019

At Emergence Collective we’re committed to setting our partners up to continue the work, even after our project is complete. Often this means sharing dashboards, reports and other finished materials in formats that nonprofit teams can access and feel confident using, l...

April 4, 2019

Often, evaluation follows linear theories of change and predictive models of outcomes. However, one assumption that we make in our evaluation of our community partnerships is that organizations and communities are complex adaptive systems (CAS). A CAS is defined in ter...

March 12, 2019

We learn a lot from other smart people and we like to give shout outs to their work. Recently our team adapted a tool we discovered a few years ago called "Performance Practice" to help nonprofit staff understand their current culture of learning at their organizations...

February 12, 2019

We didn’t even know we could nerd out so excitedly about logic models, but we did. And we had a blast. In this project, our team worked alongside a local social service organization to help revise a logic model and to outline a basic evaluation approach for a grant app...

January 30, 2019

Strategic planning means a lot of things to a lot of people. Some view strategic planning as critical to an organization’s vitality, and some view it as a waste of time. Here’s where we stand: strategic planning has the opportunity to create momentum and coherence if t...

January 29, 2018

*Originally posted at Environmental Fellows Blog

As some of you know, in 2013, the Overbrook Foundation convened leaders from across the country at the Wingspread Retreat Center. The purpose? To create a common vision around building alignment and equity within the envi...

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