Monitoring Our Progress

One of the Hartford Foundation’s key strategies is to promote evaluation practices that enable us to gauge progress in priority areas. To carry out this strategy, we regularly commission evaluations of major programs and strategic initiatives. This page hosts materials to increase transparency about organizational learning and progress. Evaluation Briefs summarize major evaluations and Learning Briefs share what we are learning about emerging issues. Where possible, we also post the complete evaluation reports and related data.

In addition, the Hartford Foundation provides resources to nonprofits to help build their evaluation capacity, through the Nonprofit Support Program. More about these resources, which include learning opportunities, communities of practice and grants for evaluation, can be found here.

Evaluations and Evaluation briefs

Evaluation briefs describe the goals of major programs and strategic initiatives, what we have learned through monitoring and evaluation, key conclusions and examples of impact. Questions about the reports and briefs can be directed to the Research and Evaluation Unit at:

Hartford Community Schools 

Hartford Community Schools (HCS) comprise a cohort of seven schools located throughout the city of Hartford. Since 2009, the schools’ transformation has been the shared undertaking of the Hartford Partnership for Student Success (HPSS) to improve student outcomes in select schools. More information on the Hartford Community Schools is here. Community Schools receive annual comprehensive evaluations, posted below.

Education Strategy: Progress in Partnership and System Development 

The Foundation's education team worked with consultants from the Center for Policy and Assessment Development (CAPD) to develop outcomes that to monitor and report on progress. This evaluation focused on better understanding whether the approaches the Foundation is using are effective in helping our community partners ensure positive outcomes for our region's children and families. More on the education strategy can be found here.

Career Pathways Initiative 

In 2015, the Hartford Foundation provided support to nine collaborative efforts designed to develop viable career pathways for low-literacy and/or low-skilled adults. More information on the Career Pathways Initiative is here. A developmental evaluation of the initiative is currently underway.

General Operating Support 

Unrestricted dollars support a nonprofit’s mission as a whole. The Hartford Foundation’s General Operating Support (GOS) grants help nonprofits enhance their infrastructure, respond to the needs of the community, take greater risks, and create more innovative programming.

Nonprofit Support Program 

Nonprofit agencies are essential partners in creating strong communities. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving fosters organizational development by providing a range of capacity building services to more than 200 nonprofits in Greater Hartford through the Nonprofit Support Program (NSP). As part of its commitment to continuous learning and improvement, the Nonprofit Support Program undergoes regular independent evaluations.

Small Agency Program 

In 2016, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving launched the Small Agency Program with multiple components: capacity building, grant support, and convening for capacity-building organizations and representatives from small agencies. The Foundation contracted with Cross Sector Consulting to evaluate the Small Agency Program, which focused on documenting and assessing program services, implementation accomplishments and challenges, early program outcomes, and lessons learned about supporting small agencies.

Learning briefs

Learning briefs provide data, strategies and examples of impact for specific issue areas. Briefs are shared with donors, nonprofits and staff to foster learning and information sharing about emerging issues.

Blight Remediation

Opioid Abuse and Mental Health Needs

Early Childhood Trauma

Ensuring College Access through Scholarships 


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