Philanthropy & Foundations

We work closely with philanthropic organizations and foundations to assist them in examining both the implementation of processes and the outcomes associated with their initiatives. We collaborate with our clients to determine the extent to which funded programs and strategies have made significant impacts on individuals and communities. Our projects have been influential on initiatives at local, regional, national, and international levels. Some of our projects have included:

  • Evaluations of grantees
  • Evaluations of short-term & long-term strategic initiatives
  • Participant & stakeholder surveys
  • Donor & member surveys
  • Technical assistance & evaluation capacity for grantees & foundation staff

We have the experience and expertise required to collaborate with various stakeholders, including staff, Board members, grantees, and clients. Our findings are used to maximize the effectiveness of grantmaking by identifying key areas necessary for improvement and evaluating both the intended and unintended impacts of funded projects.

Expert Spotlight


Director of Research

Courtney has expertise in evaluation capacity-building, research and evaluation design, instrument development, data collection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and generating actionable insights from research findings. She is particularly skilled in survey design and utilizing qualitative data collection and analysis strategies in mixed-methods research. Courtney has worked with a diverse range of clients including school districts, community-based organizations, foundations, colleges and universities, teachers unions, and government agencies. She has conducted numerous projects ranging from short-term institutional research projects focused on program improvement to multi-year longitudinal studies designed to assess the impact of interventions on students and teachers. Courtney received her Ph.D. from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, where she also teaches courses focused on building the capacity of practitioners to use data and research to make meaningful changes to programs, policies, and organizations. She has published numerous reports and articles on educational reforms and interventions, class size reduction, data use and inquiry by practitioners, school governance, effective instructional practices, charter schools, and educational partnerships. As a recipient of honors from the Phi Delta Kappa Leader program, she is recognized as a top educator, demonstrating exemplary leadership through service, teaching, and research.