Youth Development: OST, Mentoring, & Education Equity

Funder: The Jewish Education Project 
Project Time Period: 2015-2016 

Project Category: Evaluation and Performance Measurement Capacity Building/Youth Development 

About TJEP: The Jewish Education Project (TJEP) is a New York nonprofit connecting forward-thinking educators to powerful ideas and resources to create new models that change how, what, and where young people learn. 

The Work: MAI partnered with TJEP to bolster their organizational performance management and evaluation efforts. Together, the project team built and implemented strong internal data collection systems and tools and collaborated on building a shared vision for assessing that program beneficiaries are getting the services and supports they need. MAI engaged in a three-phase project with TJEP to 1) develop a Theory of Change/Outcomes Framework for the organization; 2) design and support the implementation of data collection plans and tools aligned with the outcomes framework; and 3) facilitate reflection and learning to make meaning of data and inform future efforts. At the end of this project, TJEP had an outcomes framework that the staff and leadership bought into, tools for collecting data, and a process for collecting and analyzing data.  They also developed a data-informed culture and had the skills needed to sustain the work.