Improving Practice in the Social Sector

Purposeful improvement – informed by data – is an asset for any organization. Program leaders who measure progress toward defined outcomes gain insight into their approaches and information to enhance their decisions.

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation seeks to build and scale organizations capable of continuing to achieve results after the Foundation’s sunset in 2020. As described in the Foundation’s Resiliency Guide, we believe organizational resiliency is shaped in part by the depth of an organization’s commitment to learning, improving, and adapting. The Foundation invests in evaluation as a means for organizations to increase their impact – and their sustainability.

Environmental Education Better Results Toolkit

In 2017, Learning for Action released an Environmental Education Better Results Toolkit. Content is drawn from the experience of nearly 20 environmental education organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area who participated in the multi-year Leadership and Evaluation to Advance Program Success (LEAPS) Initiative. The Foundation funded both the LEAPS initiative and the toolkit.


Re-imagining Measurement in Philanthropy

With support from a set of funders including the Foundation, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte launched the Re-imagining Measurement initiative in 2016. This year-long, field-wide research and innovation process focused on the future of monitoring, evaluation, and learning in philanthropy. A range of stakeholders informed identification of key characteristics and knowledge to advance practice.