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The Learning Conference 2015

June 10–11, 2015

Boston, Mass.

Short Talk 2: What’s Your Agenda?

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM–11:15 AM EDT
Cape Cod (Main Lobby)
Session Description

We all want philanthropic dollars to support “what works” to strengthen communities and improve lives. Resources flowing to interventions and social solutions in this way would provide more clarity on how to solve social ills, prepare a larger proportion of today’s nonprofits to tackle them and would ultimately lead to a greater impact for beneficiaries. Unfortunately, that is not how the field currently operates. To demonstrate the state of the field, Tiffany Cooper Gueye will present her organization’s experience of building a culture and infrastructure for performance management, and its participation in two randomized controlled trial studies. Gueye will put forth a definition of high performance as well as describe the role grantmakers have played in creating both opportunity and significant risk for nonprofits. During this session, grantmakers will consider how a focus on outcomes can create unintended circumstances and how they can instead ask themselves and their grantees a key question: “What’s your agenda?”

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Tiffany Cooper Gueye, BELL
Speaker Biography

Tiffany started her career at BELL in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles including Program Manager, Director of Evaluation, and Chief Operating Officer, Field Operations. Through her leadership, BELL's models and evaluation methods have been nationally recognized as best practices in expanded learning programs.  Tiffany is a recipient of Boston College's Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award and served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Evaluation and Measurement, both from Boston College.  She also sits on the board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the knowledge advisory board for The Bridgespan Group, and the advisory board for Results for America.

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