Field and desk research
In 2018 the Wyncote Foundation published our report, Investing in Local Journalism, Public Media and Storytelling: Examples from Place-Based Foundations. The report profiles eight foundations whose distinctive media funding reflects local communities’ concerns and priorities. The report is part of an ongoing initiative at Wyncote to encourage media funding among place-based foundations.
In 2016, we worked with the foundation’s Detroit Program to conduct a formative evaluation of the Kresge Artists In Detroit program at its 10-year point. The evaluation encompassed the Kresge Artist Fellowships program, Creative Many’s professional practices program, and ArtX: Detroit, a festival featuring Kresge Fellows’ work. We wrote the final report detailing our findings.
Working with Dot Connector Studio, we conducted desk research, wrote blog posts, and interviewed experts on the global trends most likely to impact the Wikimedia Foundation's long-term strategic prospects and plans. Read our work on the Wikimedia strategy website (scroll to "Foundation Research Into Major Trends), and read the final report here.
We conducted interviews and completed desk research to compare CultureSource programs and membership structure to the offerings of arts service and advocacy organizations in other regions and cities.
Wyncote commissioned our research into digital innovation in legacy cultural institutions. We created Like, Link, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology, featuring 40 legacy cultural institutions that were nominated by peers as innovative leaders in technology. The report and its accompanying website summarize key themes and lessons learned, profile eight organizations in depth and provide background on 32 others.
With Dot Connector Studio, we evaluated the foundation’s investments in podcasting and on-demand audio through the lens of Knight grantees, then wrote the report, From Airwaves to Earbuds.
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
George Family Foundation
Media Impact Funders
Minnesota Public Radio