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"MLE is Always in the Back of My Mind Now": ProInspire's Equity in the Center Team Tells Us About Their MLE Lab Experience

Every year, ORS Impact engages organizational teams who are looking to improve and align their measurement, learning, and evaluation (MLE) skills and thinking through our MLE Lab. Over six-months, teams participate in a unique consultative experience that blends in-person retreat time for organizational teams, guidance from expert coaches, opportunities for peer learning, and a curated toolkit of techniques and frameworks. As we look forward to our 4th MLE Lab and near the end of our time with our 3rd MLE Lab cohort, we decided to check back in with participants to learn about their experience. This is what we heard from ProInspire's Equity in the Center team, participants in our last MLE Lab.

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When Collective Impact Has Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives

We at ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute are excited to release the findings of a ground-breaking study in partnership with 25 collective impact sites in the US and Canada as part of the Collective Impact Research Study. Through the study, we sought to generate answers to these questions in the field about how collective impact contributes to systems and social impact, and how it is implemented across a broad range of communities and topic areas.

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Collective Impact Study Update

Back in May, 2017 ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute embarked on an ambitious and important study to explore how collective impact contributes to changes in systems and populations through its unique approach to addressing social issues.

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Good Intentions are Important, but Not Enough

Our Immediate Plans for Forwarding our Equity Work in 2017

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ORS contributes to the Foundation Review

ORS Impact founder Jane Reisman, Director Anne Gienapp, and our partners at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently co-authored an article that was featured in the Foundation Review.

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The Collective Impact Research Study: What is all this really going to mean, anyway?

It’s easy for evaluators to sometimes get tied up in the technical terms around our work, leaving lay people unclear on what some of our decisions and choices mean. Without care, we can also risk being opaque about what a particular design can and can’t do. With this blog, we want to untangle what we think our design will tell us, and what it won’t do.

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