Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers

Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers

To ensure that programs and grants are founded on a real-world understanding of the issues they seek to address, grantmakers need to share what they are learning with other funders, nonprofit organizations, community members and leaders, government and business partners, and researchers, a report from argues. The report, (44 pages, PDF), urges funders to collaborate at each stage of the learning cycle — developing a learning agenda, collecting evaluation data and information, analyzing and interpreting that information, and applying what they've learned to their strategies, programs, and priorities. For shared learning to work, the report argues, the organizations involved need to make it a priority, allocate the necessary resources, work to build trust among various partners, and build the skills of staff.