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SIF Classic National Assessment

The National Assessment of the SIF Classic Program was commissioned by the Corporation for National and Community Service and conducted by ICF International.  It focused on SIF Classic grantees’ adoption of evidence-based grantmaking strategies, ability, and willingness to build the evidence base for the service models they support, to scale the service models, and to use collaborative approaches to address local community needs. It sought to answer the question, “Is SIF a transformative program?” And the answer is ‘yes.’
 

The study found promising evidence of improved organizational capacities among the SIF Classic grantees in almost all of these areas. These partner organizations changed more and faster compared to other grantmakers and programs while SIF grantees reported that the SIF program was instrumental in bringing about these changes.

The National Assessment Fact Sheet

Photo: Meta-synthesis of evaluation across the SIF: Interim Report.

Meta-Synthesis of Evaluations Across the SIF

A meta-synthesis of 26 final evaluation reports completed by evaluators for SIF grantees and subgrantees. These evaluations focus on 2010 grantees and findings show that most SIF-funded programs were implemented with fidelity and had a positive impact on target outcomes. The SIF pipeline of ongoing evaluations will continue to generate more results in the coming years. 

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Photo: Executive Summary: The SIF's Impact on Strengthening Organizational Capacity

Executive Summary: The SIF's Impact on Strengthening Organizational Capacity

The purpose of the SIF national assessment is to facilitate program evaluation and management by CNCS, support the greater goal of learning from the federal government’s “tiered-evidence” initiatives, and conduct an independent evaluation of the SIF program.

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Technical Report: The SIF's Impact on Strengthening Organizational CapacityTechnical Report: The SIF’s Impact on Strengthening Organizational Capacity

The national assessment employs a quasi-experimental design (QED) to evaluate the impact of the SIF on organizational change. The findings presented in this report primarily draw on data from surveys, as well as follow-up interviews with the SIF grantees. The national assessment found promising evidence of improved organizational capacities among the SIF grantees.

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Issue Brief #2: Building SIF Subgrantee Capacity for Scale, Evidence, and Impact

Issue Brief #2: Building SIF Subgrantee Capacity for Scale, Evidence, and Impact

Shares lessons about how the SIF builds capacity within its stakeholder organizations in order to strengthen them and enhance their impact. It provides action-oriented recommendations for current, incoming, and prospective SIF grantees, private and nonprofit organizations that might implement a SIF model, and policy makers. 

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Issue Brief #3: Using Data to Improve SIF Programs: Lessons from Practitioners.

Issue Brief #3: Using Data to Improve SIF Programs: Lessons from Practitioners

Shares lessons about how SIF grantees and subgrantees use data to improve their programs. It provides action-oriented recommendations for current, incoming, and prospective SIF grantees, private and nonprofit organizations that might implement a SIF model, and policy makers. 

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Photo: Issue Brief #4: Evidence of Organizational Change among SIF GranteesState of the SIF Report.

Issue Brief #4: Evidence of Organizational Change among SIF Grantees

Shares lessons about changes in SIF grantees’ organizational capacity – infrastructure, skills, attitudes, and behaviors – to carry out their work as grantmaking organizations. Organizational change occured to conduct and use evaluations, scale promising programs, and select and support subgrantees in ways that build the evidence base for promising community interventions. 

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Issue Brief #1: Partnering for Success in the Social Innovation Fund.Issue Brief #1: Partnering for Success in the Social Innovation Fund

Shares lessons about how the SIF intermediary grantees collaborate with a host of partners at multiple levels to implement their programs. It provides action-oriented recommendations for current, incoming, and prospective SIF grantees, private and nonprofit organizations that might implement a SIF model, and policy makers. 

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