The Root Cause Blog
26 Sep

Fifteen Nonprofits Join the Next Wave of Performance Measurement: Root Cause's Peer Performance Exchange

Written by Anne Radday, Senior Manager, Research and Assessments 

In a climate of shrinking resources and growing need, nonprofits—and the funders that invest in them—are seeking ways to better deliver on their missions to deepen their impact.

In mid-September, Root Cause launched its Peer Performance Exchange for college access and success programs. The Exchange, the first of its kind, offers participating organizations in-depth reports on organizational and program performance that support continuous improvement and the ability to better communicate outcomes to funders.

Fifteen college access and success organizations have joined the Exchange to:

  • Learn about their programs’ strengths and opportunities for improvement through a comprehensive and independent analysis performed by Social Impact Research analysts
  • Link with like-minded organizations in an annual members-only symposium focused on peer-to-peer learning, problem solving, and networking
  • Leverage the findings of the analysis to improve their programs’ effectiveness through a hub of web-based resources

Congratulations to the following organizations for participating in this cutting-edge and critical work. We are looking forward to working with them over the next 2.5 years to understand where they are today and help them get where they want to go, all the while helping them raise their profiles among funders.

  • Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP), CA
  • Bayview Association for Youth, CA
  • College Bound Dorchester, MA
  • East Bay College Fund, CA
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program, NY
  • East Oakland Youth Development Center, CA
  • Freedom House, MA
  • Massachusetts General Hospital: Center for Community Health Improvement, MA
  • SPAAT: Student Program for Academic and Athletic Transitioning, CA
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, NY
  • StreetSquash, NY
  • The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, NY
  • The Opportunity Network, NY
  • The Steppingstone Foundation, MA
  • Young Scholars Program, CA

The deadline to sign up for the Youth Career Development Exchange is December 16th. Please contact Anne Radday at or 617-649-1536 to learn more.

Funders who are interested in learning more about how the Exchange can benefit their grant-making as well as their grantees should contact Colette Stanzler at or 617-649-153