Measurable Results and Grantmaking
Like you, we're focused on making a difference. So, with input from our grantees we've developed specific Measurable Results.
Think of the Measurable Results as milestones the Foundation uses to gauge its progress and effectiveness in meeting its vision of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. They are also an instrument for learning – identifying what works, what doesn't and what areas could use more targeted resources.
When applying for funding, we ask grantees which Measurable Result(s) their work targets and how their activities — if successful — will have a meaningful impact. How well proposals align with the Foundation's goals and the ability to produce one or more Measurable Results are key considerations in our grantmaking decisions. Learn more about the Measurable Results, our evaluation approach and our evaluation model. In addition, Measurable Results findings are updated periodically.
While the Measurable Results are useful in our mission, we believe they also can help grantees evaluate their own work.
Measurable Results are intended to achieve the following:
- Provide a clear focus for the Foundation's investment strategies
- Serve as an instrument for learning
- Provide a method for assessing grants and grantee performance
- Reduce the data collection burden on grantees
Measurable Results are NOT intended to do the following:
- Serve as the only criteria for making funding decisions
- Serve as the only measure of program success
- Act as perfect measures: No matter how hard we try, no one will collect or report data in exactly the same way
We welcome your questions or feedback about the evaluation process. If you have specific questions about the Measurable Results or the evaluation expectations, contact Marisa Allen, director of Research and Evaluation at 303.953.3617.