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Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations

May 1, 2009

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Submitted by:
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Authors:
Ann E. Person, Debra A. Strong, Joshua Furgeson, and Jillian A. Berk

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Contract Number: 233020086/HHSP233200700005T
MPR Reference Number: 6391-906
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Person, Ann E., Strong, Debra A., Furgeson, Joshua and Berk, Jillian A. (2009) Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Contents

Acknowledgements and Executive Summary  (in PDF format - 5 pages)

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Chapters:

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of The Study
    2. Methods Used and Data Collected
    3. Background: Key Findings from the spending analysis and Literature Review
      1. Foundation and USG Spending
      2. Philanthropic Approaches
    4. Overview of the Report
      1. Organization of the Report
      2. Limitations
  2. Purposeful Partnerships: Opportunities For Different Types Of Interaction
    1. The Interaction Framework
    2. Examples of USG-FOUNDATION Interactions
      1. Incidental Overlap
      2. Supplementary Action
      3. Communication
      4. Coordination
      5. Collaboration
    3. No “Best” Partnership Model
  3. Choosing Partnerships: Factors to Consider
    1. Scope of the Problem
    2. Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Partnership
    3. Participation By Key Decision Makers
  4. Sustaining Partnerships
    1. Implementation: Putting Plans into Action
      1. Sharing Resources
      2. Supporting the Interaction or Partnership
      3. Recognizing Constraints
    2. Evaluation: Tracking Progress Toward Goals
      1. Conceptualizing Change at Different Levels
      2. Agreeing on and Obtaining Evidence
      3. Selecting Evaluation Approaches
    3. Planning For Sustainability
      1. Fostering Sustainability through the Initiative’s Own Mechanisms
      2. Government and Foundation Roles in Sustainability
  5. Examples of Innovations in Philanthropy
    1. Metrics and Measurement
      1. The Hewlett Foundation’s Expected Return Metric
      2. The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Indicators
      3. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
    2. Funding Mechanisms
      1. Prize Philanthropy: The Rockefeller Foundation’s Accelerating Innovation for Development Program
      2. International Finance Facility for Immunization
    3. Administration and Governance
      1. Global Coordinators (PMI and PEPFAR)
      2. GAVI Secretariat
  6. Expanding the Potential Benefit of Partnerships
    1. Increase Awareness of USG-Foundation Interactions
    2. Support Dialogue with the Foundation Sector
    3. Conduct Additional Research

References

Appendix A:  Case Study Profiles
Appendix B:  Literature Review
Appendix C:  U.S. Government and Foundation Health and Social Services Spending


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