The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Knowledge Initiative shares resources developed to support grantees and subgrantees, learn what works, what doesn't work, and why.
Through the Knowledge Initiative (KI), the SIF:
Provides information on public-private partnerships, scaling, and evaluation findings of SIF grantees,
Captures best practices and lessons learned,
Informs partners and key stakeholders of challenges and success as similar initiatives are implemented,
And explores effective models that address pressing social challenges.
The SIF accomplishes this through the following:
Short stories that share progress of SIF grantees' projects focusing on program performance and model, evaluation, scaling and community partnerships.
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 Social Innovation Fund commissioned Abt Associates to develop reports and special topic briefs to provide practical insights on specific aspects of Pay for Success programming and assist stakeholders in making informed decisions as they explore and implement projects.
The focus on evidence in SIF goes beyond confirming that the funded programs achieved their intended outcomes and impacts; it includes understanding how they are successful and how they can be improved. These reports are intended to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can successfully assess whether their programs are truly creating impact. These reports are intended to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can successfully assess whether their programs are truly creating impact.
A key goal of the SIF is to build the evaluation capacity of community-based organizations so they can successfully assess whether their programs are truly creating impact. The CNCS Evidence Exchange is a virtual repository of reports intended to help our grantees and other interested stakeholders find information about evidence- and research - based national service and social innovation programs.