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ERIC Number: ED558203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons Learned from Strategy Landscape Tool
Grantmakers for Education
In 2011, Grantmakers for Education (GFE) partnered with the Monitor Institute to develop the K-12 Education Strategy Landscape Tool--an asset mapping tool that used interactive data visualization to provide a clear picture of the who, what, where, and when of education grantmaking. The prototype launched in January of 2012. Over a dozen funders participated in the launch by sharing their grantmaking data. Unfortunately, this specific venture and approach proved unsustainable in the long run due to reasons outlined in this report and in the Center for Effective Philanthropy's article, "Lessons from a Risk Taken," which highlights fundamental difficulties in communicating strategies and coordinating grantmaking. The need for such a tool, however, hasn't changed. There is still a desire in the field for a clearer picture of investments in education grantmaking. A tool that provides this effectively could be of tremendous value for GFE members and the field. To understand how one might better approach a tool like this in the future, GFE and its funding partners saw value in an analysis of the initial project--the learnings of which could be applied to future initiatives. This report discusses the findings of an analysis conducted by the Wolff Olins consulting firm, and includes recommendations for the future development of asset mapping tools.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: Grantmakers for Education; Wolff Olins