The Root Cause Blog
23 Feb

What Root Cause is Reading – February 2016

What actually works in improving lives? Here at Root Cause, we keep an eye out for the most interesting updates on strategy, assessments, data, evidence, high performance, and more, especially related to employment, education, health, and racial equity. We use them to spark discussions among teams, build a culture of continuous improvement, and inform clients’ projects. Here’s the best of what we’ve seen lately.  
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26 May

How Root Cause Helps Nonprofit Leaders Get Smarter

I am often humbled by the amazing nonprofit leaders with whom I have the opportunity to work as a senior consultant at Root Cause. Our Peer Performance Exchange team recently completed organizational health and program quality assessments for 12 nonprofits across the country. For the past couple of months we've been debriefing the results of the assessments with each organization. I'm often blown away by what these leaders are saying about how our work together is opening their eyes to new ways of thinking, helping them see a challenges that they weren't aware of, and offering solutions that they hadn't thought of. Below are some snippets of a handful of conversations that made me extra proud of the work that we do at Root Case. 
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15 May

Insights from two years of assessing nonprofit organizational health and program quality

Ever wonder how your organization (or grantees) stacks up against similar organizations in the field? Root Cause’s organizational health and program quality assessments have helped hundreds of nonprofit leaders get smarter about how they run their organizations and how they tell their stories externally. Ultimately these assessments help leaders improve their results and raise more money. 
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10 Nov

Echo & Co

Over the past eleven years, the Social Innovation Forum has developed a successful model for directing new resources to innovative, results-oriented nonprofits and social enterprises in the Greater Boston and New England area. We have built a strong community of funders, philanthropists and business leaders committed to actively working with us to solve social problems. The success of this model depends heavily on the relationships we build with our in-kind partners. The Social Innovation Forum team recruits a wide range of external partners to provide capacity building services to our nonprofit Social Innovators and we expertly manage this dynamic network of service providers to maximize their time and talent. Echo & Co. a digital strategy provider and a new in-kind partner as of 2013, shares their experience working with three Social Innovators to grow their social impact by expanding their digital capability.  
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03 Nov

Life Outcomes: The Black Male Achievement Dashboard

In our pursuit of social change, we often get caught up in all sorts of fancy phrases and jargon: logic model, theory of change, capacity building — and at Root Cause we admittedly have our own, such as social impact market. But what about the actual results of all of our work and the people whose lives we are committed to helping improve? Funders and programs have gotten so focused on the jargon that we have lost sight of the simplicity of understanding "to what end"! 
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23 Jul

Insights from Assessments of 15 College Access and Success Organizations

We are pleased to share Root Cause's first "Report for Funders" on the Peer Performance Exchange (the Exchange), which highlights the results from our assessment of the 15 College Access and Persistence programs we analyzed between September 2013 and January 2014. This report summarizes key strengths about this cohort at an organizational and programmatic level, and includes opportunities for investment. (Click here to view the full report.) 
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