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December 3-4, 2013
Washington, D.C.

How can you lead your agency, and the communities you serve, through the major, transformational changes it will take to increase quality, reduce cost and build a more effective, comprehensive network of services?

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Not Gettin’ It: Dispatch from After the Leap

By Phil Buchanan | The Center for Effective Philanthropy | December 5, 2013

“Noooo!” That was the chorus of responses to the question I posed to the audience at the After the Leap conference in Washington yesterday. The question was “Do funders get it?” and the “it”, at least as I framed it, was the need to support nonprofits to develop the capacity to assess and improve performance. The polling technology was offline so I went old school and just called out the question to the audience, which was comprised primarily of nonprofit leaders but also included some funders. Read More…


Starting a Movement Toward Higher Performing Nonprofits

By Nell Edgington | Social Velocity | December 6, 2013

This week I attended the After the Leap conference in Washington D.C. and was blown away. As I mentioned in a post earlier this year, the conference was organized by Social Solutions and PerformWell partners Child Trends and Urban Institute and builds on the momentum Mario Morino has created around his book, Leap of Reason, published in 2011, and the companion book Working Hard & Working Well by David Hunter published this year. Read More…

Sponsors

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The Morino Institute was founded in 1994 to advance a more effective philanthropy and to close social divides.

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Child Trends, a PerformWell partner, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth.

PerformWell Partner.

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The Urban Institute builds knowledge about the nation’s social and fiscal challenges, practicing open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems.

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Social Solutions was launched in 2000 to promote the benefits of relating efforts to outcomes to improve the effectiveness of social service delivery and report on it.

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Conference Detail

How can you lead your agency, and the communities you serve, through the major, transformational changes it will take to increase quality, reduce cost and build a more effective, comprehensive network of services?

Attendees from experts in the field how executives, practitioners and funders are advancing outcomes measurement and performance management, and what executive and board leadership can do in their own organizations and communities.

“After the Leap” is a two-day conference dedicated to outcomes measurement, performance management and organizational change, hosted by PerformWell and Leap of Reason. Experts in performance management shared their hard-won successes with leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to help advance the field. The agenda for each day of the conference included a keynote speech from a luminary of the outcomes community, followed by a moderated discussion amongst distinguished experts in performance management, and an abundant and diverse selection of break-out sessions. These break-out sessions included direct Q&A with panel members, dedicated time understanding best practice assessments and how they relate to an organization’s specific mission with the minds behind PerformWell, and a number of learning opportunities categorized broadly under the Sector and Agency Leader tracks.

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Is Government Driving Performance?

What specifically is the Federal government doing to encourage human services organizations to focus on results and on serving participants more effectively and efficiently? Which of these policies are helpful vs. counter-productive? How can state and local governments, nonprofits and philanthropy work to reinforce the positive developments at the federal level?

Daniel Stid of Bridgespan moderates a panel discussion of these issues featuring:

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Implementing Performance Management Systems

“Systems” include data collection, data quality validation, training new staff, documentation and reporting. Systems provide guidance to staff, ensure alignment across the organization, and keep things working when turnover happens.

Dominique Bernardo and Juan de Angulo will provide an in-depth look at Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ performance management system and its impact on service delivery and programs.

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What Kind of Leadership Does it Take to be a High-Performing Organization

Learn how two executive directors have successfully transformed their agencies into performance-driven organizations. Sam Cobbs of First Place for Youth and Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services share their insights into the hardest commitments and most important changes leaders need to make. Mr. Cobbs & Ms. Adams will discuss how to create a performance culture, an accountability system, and ultimately, positive youth outcomes.
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Performance Management is Impossible without Organizational Capacity: Who Will Fund this Stuff?

Foundations are demanding more accountability and outcomes information than ever from grantees, but the majority of them are not adequately funding the capacity building necessary to drive the intended results.

Hear from funders that are effectively building capacity, including Carol Thompson Cole of Venture Philanthropy Partners, and Phil Buchanan of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, about what “walking the talk” looks like.

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Leading a High Performing Organization

Talk of changing the sector is just talk if those actually doing the work aren’t challenged and equipped to transform the way they operate.

Daniel Cardinali, President of Communities in Schools, gives insight into what it takes, from the perspective of the executive leadership of a direct services organization, to grow your agency from having good intentions to sharing demonstrable outcomes.

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Leap of Reason Networking Reception

Sponsored by the Morino Institute
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Followup: Is Government Driving Performance?

What specifically is the Federal government doing to encourage human services organizations to focus on results and on serving participants more effectively and efficiently? Which of these policies are helpful vs. counter-productive? How can state and local governments, nonprofits and philanthropy work to reinforce the positive developments at the federal level?

Daniel Stid of Bridgespan moderates a panel discussion of these issues featuring:

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Putting Performance Management into Practice with Experts from the Urban Institute, ChildTrends and Social Solutions

In the PerformWell Room, participants may move between “stations” where they can meet and discuss performance management with experts from the Urban Institute, ChildTrends and Social Solutions. Topics will include a guided tour of the PerformWell website, with focus on content of interest to attendees; discussion of how organizations may use the site as they put performance management into practice; and the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on PerformWell’s current form and future direction.
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Social Innovation Fund – youthCONNECT Project

Venture Philanthropy Partner's youthCONNECT is a pioneering philanthropic effort that aligns public-private capital, evaluation experts and innovative nonprofit organizations to dramatically improve the life opportunities of vulnerable DC youth. Get an in-depth look at youthCONNECT's collaborative efforts and practices, including the Common Outcomes Framework development by the Partners, with panelists representing VPP, Child Trends and youthCONNECT's Network Partners.
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A Theory of Change for Funders

What is the impact of a Theory of Change when it is applied to a funder? David Hunter, Theory of Change expert, explains. Eden Werring of the Tauck Family Foundation discusses funding strategies that can ensure capacity is built in for performance management.
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Skills session – Getting Buy-In

Talk with different audiences (board, funders, leadership, middle management, frontline staff) in order to overcome initial resistance to performance management and keep people engaged over time.
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The Fundamentals of Performance Management

Dr. David Hunter, author of Working Hard—& Working Well, will provide a high level introduction to the necessity of performance management and outline the goals of the Sector Leader Track. He will tackle key questions like: What capacities are usually missing as organizations seek to become high performers? What capacities should be cultivated by an organization so they can manage to outcomes reliably and sustainably?
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After the Leap Showcase - Informing Practice, Leading the Field

Learn firsthand, from those on the front lines, how these organizations transformed themselves into exemplars of performance management. Showcase organizations include:

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A More Effective Path for Grantmaking

Nancy Roob of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation offers her perspective on how philanthropy can make greater progress on our society’s most critical challenges – by challenging the way the sector ineffectively supports nonprofits today and investing in organizations differently to grow their impact.
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Do Funders Get It?

More funders and foundations seek the greatest impact for their dollars, but do they understand the resources and support nonprofits require to scale impact?

Phil Buchanan, Center for Effective Philanthropy, moderates a panel of foundation leaders, including Carol Thompson Cole of Venture Philanthropy Partners, Denise Zeman of St. Luke’s Foundation, Fay Twersky of the Hewlett Foundation, and Phil Buchanan of Center for Effective Philanthropy, who will discuss the efforts their organizations are making to support and strengthen grantee efforts to create more value for their communities.

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Funder Investment Strategies to Strengthen Nonprofit Performance Management Capacity

How can foundations and funders help nonprofits build internal capacity for performance management? Victoria Vrana, Senior Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Lissette Rodriguez of Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s PropelNext program will share two cases of how funders can strengthen nonprofits’ capacity to manage performance through their investments. Ms. Vrana will share how her team at the Gates Foundation helps grantees build out their measurement frameworks and determine the metrics most useful to them for reporting. Ms. Rodriguez will speak to the ways in which PropelNext helps nonprofit organizations to attain the stability and resources necessary to clear the hurdles to becoming performance-driven and have greater impact on the people they serve.
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Nonprofit Case Study – Working with External Evaluators

In 2007, Urban Alliance was one of four DC non-profits selected by the World Bank to participate in the East of the River Initiative. Through this initiative, Urban Alliance was partnered with the Urban Institute for technical assistance in improving the organization’s ability to identify and measure outcomes, as well as communicate its effectiveness. Over the last 6 years, Urban Alliance and Urban Institute have continued their partnership developing a robust culture of evaluation at Urban Alliance. Sean Segal, Chief Operating Officer of Urban Alliance; Brett Theodos, Senior Research Associate at Urban Institute; and Daniel Tsin, Director of Evaluation at Urban Alliance will provide an in-depth look at the collaboration between the technical assistance provider and the organization as Urban Alliance refined its evaluation processes and more effectively communicated outcomes.
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Putting Performance Management into Practice with Experts from the Urban Institute, ChildTrends and Social Solutions

In the PerformWell Room, participants may move between “stations” where they can meet and discuss performance management with experts from the Urban Institute, ChildTrends and Social Solutions. Topics will include a guided tour of the PerformWell website, with focus on content of interest to attendees; discussion of how organizations may use the site as they put performance management into practice; and the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on PerformWell’s current form and future direction.
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Followup: Do Funders Get It

Get more insight into efforts foundations are making to strengthen and support grantee efforts to create more value for their communities. ‘Do Funders Get It?’ panelists will explore panel topics in more detail and are available to answer in-depth questions in this intimate, small group session.
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Why You Should Care About Performance Management

Increasingly, the Federal government has made outcomes measurement and performance-based funding an element of their administration of taxpayer dollars.

John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises, and Melody Barnes, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council will discuss how the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can best align themselves with this continuing shift in policy to ensure maximum positive impact from direct services programs for our communities.

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How to Build a Movement

Mario Morino, Leap of Reason author and editor, shares his vision on how to advance more effective public, private and nonprofit sectors.
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What Does High Performance Look Like In Action?

Leaders from highly-effective organizations share insight into how their agency’s role changed since becoming a high-performing organization. Lowell Weiss of Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. will moderate this panel, which features Mindy Tarlow, CEO of Center for Employment Opportunities, Same Cobbs, CEO of First Place for Youth, Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services, Cynthia Figueroa, CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Bill McCarthy, CEO of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, and Dr. Thomas Jenkins, CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by their organizations’ transformation, and the impact of their work as a high-performing service provider.
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Making Accountability Useful

Do your funders require you to collect and report on data that you don’t otherwise use? Do you feel like your efforts to be externally accountable are crowding out the time you could spend improving your program and outcomes? Come learn how you can leverage your external accountability requirements into information that is useful for improving your program management, service delivery, and outcomes, while also enhancing your relationship with those external stakeholders.
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