The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation. It provides information, analyses, and perspectives to public and private decision makers to help them address these problems and strives to deepen citizens’ understanding of the issues and trade-off s that policy makers face. Since the 1970’s, the Urban Institute has been a pioneer in developing outcome and performance measures for the nonprofit and public sectors.
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Its mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children.
Social Solutions is the leading provider of performance management software for human services organizations. Founded in 2000 by human services professionals, Social Solutions’ ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) software gives organizations a clear picture of which of their efforts are working and which are not. With this information, human service professionals can make appropriate adjustments to their approach and continuously improve their performance.
Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social programs, particularly those that aim to help young people from high-poverty communities successfully transition to adulthood. Working in close partnership with organizations and their leaders, P/PV conducts research that leads to better services and outcomes; evaluates programs; and designs and manages select demonstration projects. We share the findings and lessons of our work by publishing accessible, relevant research reports and hands-on guides and tools. We also promote opportunities to share knowledge and improve practice, including in-person and online workshops, conferences and leadership academies. In addition, we provide selective technical assistance, particularly around the use of data and evaluation to improve program outcomes.
PerformWell’s Advisory Board consists of sector leaders who meet bi-annually to provide the founding partners guidance on operations, strategy and fundraising. The following individuals sit on PerformWell’s Advisory Board:
- Diana Aviv (Independent Sector)
- Viki Betancourt (World Bank)
- James Firman (National Council on Aging)
- David Hunter (Hunter Consulting)
- Irv Katz (National Human Service Assembly)
- Mike Lawson (Performance Management Consultant)
- Jon Pratt (Minnesota Council of Nonprofits)
- Cynthia Strauss (Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund)
- Nick Torres (University of Pennsylvania)
- Fay Twersky (Hewlett Foundation)
- Jane Wales (Global Philanthropy Forum)
- Jeff Mason (Alliance for Effective Social Investing)