Fund for Shared Insight ("Shared Insight") is a collaborative effort among fundersthat pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Shared Insight believes philanthropy can have a greater social and environmental impact if foundations and nonprofits listen to the people they seek to help, act on what they hear, and openly share what they learn.
Related to feedback loops, Shared Insight's work is focused on increasingthe extent to which foundations listen to others—especially the people they seek to help—and respond to their expressed interests. When Shared Insight talks about "the people they seek to help," they are referring to the individuals who receive programs and services from nonprofit organizations; for example, the students served by charter schools, the recently released prisoners benefiting from job-training services, and the low-income first-time mothers participating in prenatal through birth programs.
Over the next three years, Shared Insight would hope to see changes in the amount and kind of discourse in the field related tobeneficiary feedback loops. In the summer of 2015, one year since the launch of the collaborative, ORS Impact repeated a media analysis of relevant blogs, periodicals, and reports. The following memo outlines changes in the amount and kind of discourse in the field around feedback loops compared to the year before Shared Insight launched. We raise a few observations and considerations. More detailed methodological notes follow.