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New Voices: What Works

January 12, 2012 in Community, Craft, Distribution, Education, Experiments, Resources, Revenue, Technology

Through 2010, J-Lab’s New Voices grants have been awarded to 55 local news projects from a pool of 1,433 applicants. All were required either to have nonprofit status or a fiscal agent. This report examines the outcomes of the 46 projects that were launched with New Voices funding from mid-2005 through mid-2010…

Simply put, we examined what worked and what didn’t, what made for robust sites or led to disappointment. We offer tips to help other startups and recommendations for Knight and other foundations based on what J-Lab has learned in mentoring these startups.” Source: J-Lab publications – New Voices: What Works

The Knight Foundation Shares What They’re Learning

September 16, 2011 in Education, Experiments, Resources, Revenue

“The Knight Foundation uses assessment as a tool for planning, learning and improvement.

In partnership with our grantees, we work to support media innovation, community engagement and the arts. Evaluating our efforts in these areas provides us with the opportunity to learn collectively about what’s working most effectively. The purpose of our assessment activities is to provide timely and actionable insights that help our grantees strengthen the implementation of their projects and help our program teams design and execute their strategies.
We strive to create a culture of shared learning that increases our grantees’ impact and advances the foundation’s mission by supporting ongoing improvement and adaptation.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Certain core principles guide our approach to assessment:

  • Assessment should provide actionable information tied to key decision making and planning efforts.
  • Assessment should be as participatory and collaborative as possible, so that grantees have ownership over the process and the findings.
  • Assessment should be integrated into all aspects of our work, rather than treated as something that only happens when a project ends.
  • Assessment should be shared publicly with the field to communicate what we and our grantees are learning, so that all can benefit.” Source: The Knight Foundation