About our Learning Framework
The Foundation believes that learning is the key to making informed decisions and ensuring continuous improvement. We engage in regular evaluation and learning activities to contribute insights into the fields of Early Learning, Healthy Eating & Active Living, and Christ-Centered Living, and to help us, our grantees, and our communities better understand the impact of collective contributions to Tri-State transformation.
We learn from three key sources of information:
Data from grantee outcomes
From our grantees, we learn about grant performance, progress towards outcomes, and about what the data means to them.
Through reporting and meaningful relationships with staff, grantees provide information to help us understand their progress and challenges. Through periodic grantee feedback surveys, we also learn how we can most effectively partner with our grantees to accomplish mutual goals.
Data from published community level data sources
Secondary data sources, or data that already exists, provides the opportunity to understand how issues are trending the field. When ongoing, local sources are available, we use them to identify the most critical issues and we monitor them over time.
Secondary data that meets our quality standards is tracked in Scorecards for each Community Impact Area – Early Learning, Healthy Eating & Active Living, and Christ-Centered Living. See Scorecards.
Data from custom survey research
Where data does not already exist, or is scarce for our areas of interest, the Foundation invests in custom survey research. Currently, the Foundation commissions a multi-county survey project in each of our four priority areas every five years. A full list of custom survey reports can be found in the Surveys section of our website.