FAILING FORWARD: ON THE ROAD TO SOCIAL IMPACT Impact is a documentary film that re-frames failure in the social sector. It makes the compelling case that continuous improvements to programs are necessary in order to achieve true social impact. In other words, proactively looking for and learning from what is not working is necessary to achieve meaningful, measurable, and sustainable change.

FAILING FORWARD explores how LifeWorks, a prominent nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, fosters mutually transparent relationships with its board and funders in order to learn from internal data, identify shortcomings, and make bold programmatic changes that result in improved client outcomes. The film demonstrates that a nonprofit’s capacity to achieve meaningful, measurable change is dependent on how proactively its leadership, board, and funders support a learning culture.

Please join us in launching a national campaign to promote a dialogue between the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. Together we can agree that programmatic data should not be collected in the pursuit of “proof” that services work, but rather in pursuit of learning what changes are needed to improve. Together we can form learning cultures so that we can achieve meaningful, measurable change.

About the Filmmaker

Kate Robinson – Kate Robinson is the Executive Producer of Saving Philanthropy. A skilled advocate, presenter, and strategist, Kate has worked in the non-profit sector for twenty years specializing in organizational transparency, assessment, and learning. She is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives for Social Solutions Global, Inc. where she led a national advisory board of high-performing non-profit organizations that conducted extensive research on organizational effectiveness and assessment strategies. She is also the former Executive Director of Consumer Health Coalition where she helped coordinate a campaign to increase the effectiveness of Pennsylvania Medicaid programs.

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