Elba Garcia - March 18, 2019
Building data use capacity was a big theme at this year’s Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)’s Data on Purpose conference. Presenters – including data scientists, nonprofit and foundation leaders, and policymakers – spoke about what is needed for organizations to make data an integral part of an organization’s operations. In this post, I highlight three of my favorite presentations and share resources that I highly recommend to support your data use journey, including: a data maturity framework, data culture building activities, and a guide to help demystify data-driven technologies.
Alex Hildebrand - January 28, 2019
Social sector organizations can most effectively deliver on mission when they operate as learning organizations. We share the foundational concepts behind a new framework LFA is releasing in 2019, designed to guide organizations through a process of determining the what and how of learning.
October 24, 2018
Find us at AEA next week, leading two sessions focused on this year’s theme of Speaking Truth to Power.
Emily Boer Drake - July 19, 2018
What types of capacity-building support do nonprofits need most? LFA shares how the Nonprofit Capacity Organizational Diagnostic tool has helped one Bay Area County prioritize capacity-building support for its nonprofit community.
Alex Hildebrand - February 20, 2018
LFA introduces a tool and approach that you can use for assessing and improving collaborative performance.
February 6, 2018
Sharing an exciting new resource from our friends at B3 Consults and Public Profit. Making Wise Decisions helps mission-driven organizations find a data system that meets their needs.
We share five key ways that funders can practice trauma-informed principles and we offer additional resources for further learning.
December 20, 2017
Emily Drake - November 15, 2017
LFA shares the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Pay for Success Scorecard, which summarizes lessons learned from the California Pay for Success Initiative.
LFA shares a resource that offers a social justice approach to language access, with considerations for gathering community input in multiple languages.
Nancy Latham - July 11, 2017
LFA offers a rubric and tool to explore the concept of strategic coherence as a critical aspect of high-quality program implementation.
LFA offers practice-based tools to help us and our partners incorporate a cultural humility lens into evaluation work. These tools encourage us to be intentional and proactive about authentically representing multiple perspectives and pose critical questions designed to challenge our biases and illuminate where we can be more inclusive and culturally responsive.
Steven LaFrance - May 30, 2017
Reflecting on our partnerships with dozens of environmental education (EE) programs over the past 15 years, we identify the three key ingredients of successful EE programs that consistently and measurably achieve meaningful outcomes for kids.
In a new capacity building study, LFA draws on national lessons and models to inform an analysis of what is and is not working in relation to nonprofit capacity building in Chicago’s social sector, and provides recommendations for how capacity building efforts could be strengthened and improved.