Evaluations of Grants

Jewish Student Connection Expansion

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) aims to serve as a catalyst for Jewish teens to take ownership of their Jewish future by creating in-school educational experiences for teens in public and private schools. JSC’s student-run clubs provide opportunities for teens to build community with fellow Jewish students, learn about Jewish history and Israel, and gain access to the Jewish community outside their high school. Three national and regional funders engaged BTW informing change (BTW) to assess the programmatic and ...More

Foundation for Jewish Camp, JWest Campership Program

Since 2008, the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s JWest Campership program has provided financial incentives to campers from the western United States to participate in a first-time Jewish summer camp experience of two to three weeks. The program also developed innovative, focused marketing and recruitment techniques with a long-term goal of increasing the number of campers and the retention rate. JWest campers attended 23 camps in the 13 western U.S. states in 2008 - 2011. (Western states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, ...More

Leveraging Social Networks for Student Engagement: Scaling a Successful Hillel Pilot Program

In 2008, Hillel began testing an innovative program that leveraged peer networks and relationships to help Hillel achieve its goal of “doubling the number of Jewish students who are involved in Jewish life and who have meaningful Jewish experiences.” Piloted at 10 colleges, Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educators and Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative (SJE/CEI) recruited and trained student interns to engage their campus peers in Jewish conversation and activities; it also featured “Jewish educators” whose role was to help ...More

Hebrew Union College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Yeshiva University Education Initiative

The Education Initiative is a $45 million grant program designed to increase the number, quality, and type of programs and support available to students who enter and graduate from three premier Jewish education institutions: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Yeshiva University. Launched in 2009, the Initiative has awarded $15 million to each of these institutions to expand educator preparation programs and to build their capacity to place and support currently practicing and ...More

Jewish Resource Specialist, Early Childhood Education Initiative

The Jewish Resource Specialist (JRS) program is a flagship professional development initiative of the Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI) of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. JRS is currently being piloted in five Bay Area preschools over a three-year period. JRS was designed to deepen the overall Jewish experience in Bay Area Early Childhood Jewish Education (ECJE) institutions and support parents in making Jewish choices for their ...More

Reboot, Inc.: Network Evaluation Summary Report

The purpose of this evaluation was to evaluate the Reboot network and explore how Reboot can manage its continuing evolution to achieve increased impact in years to come.  Given the specific focus on networks, this evaluation does not include an examination of Reboot’s impact on the hundreds of thousands of people reached through its numerous project and products.  Rather, this inquiry sought to answer the following questions: To what extent and how has Reboot had an impact on its members? What effects does the Reboot network ...More

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative

In 2008, Hillel embarked on an experimental path designed to dramatically increase the number of Jewish students involved in Jewish campus life. By launching the Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative as two complementary initiatives, Hillel piloted a cohort of educators who work in tandem with student engagement interns on ten campuses. Together, the interns and educators were charged with meaningfully connecting significant numbers of students to Jewish life and learning. This report offers findings from a ...More

Foundation for Jewish Camp, Inc. Specialty Camps Incubator

In 2009, the Jim Joseph Foundation launched a five-year investment in the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)’s Specialty Camps Incubator to support the creation of five new specialty camps to increase the number of middle school and high school youth experiencing Jewish summer camp. To assess how and the extent to which the Incubator is achieving its intended outcomes, the Foundation commissioned BTW Informing Change to evaluate the Incubator. BTW worked with Incubator and Jim Joseph Foundation professionals to ...More

North Shore Teen Initiative

Beginning with a Planning Grant in 2007, the North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI) has designed, developed, launched, implemented, and sustained community-based teen education and engagement in 23 towns and cities north of Boston. Summation Research conducted an initial evaluation of NTSI, including a review of the program's scope and content, and interviews with seven North Shore Jewish community leaders who provided an "on-the-ground" perspective regarding NSTI's impact and effectiveness. Overall, Summation Research found the scope and diversity of NSTI ...More

Jewish Student Connection Expansion

The Jewish Student Connection (JSC) serves as a catalyst for Jewish teens to take ownership of their Jewish future through an in-school educational experience for Jewish teens in public schools. JSC’s student-run clubs, which meet before, during, or after school, provide an opportunity for teens to connect and build a community with fellow Jewish students, learn about Jewish history and Israel, and gain access to the Jewish community outside of their high school. From 2010–2011, the JSC-employee-model, which employs full-time adviser-educators, was implemented ...More

Moishe House

Founded in 2008, Moishe House is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults around the world by supporting leaders in their twenties as they create vibrant home-based Jewish communities.” The organization supports an international network of resident-managed houses that build peer-based Jewish communities for post-college young adults. To help Moishe House better assess and improve upon its innovative work, as well as to help sustain current achievements and maximize the chances of ...More

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