ActKnowledge acts as partner with community organizations, not-for-profits, foundations, and government agencies in a research process that illuminates how programs and policies actually work. ActKnowledge uses social science theory and lessons from the field to inform social action, increase the knowledge base, and enable everyone involved to clearly understand the expectations and outcomes of community initiatives.  It is our goal to use this action research approach to inform public policy, which seldom benefits from the knowledge and experience of the people it most affects.

ActKnowledge has developed a methodology for social sector planning, evaluation, and implementation tracking that is scientifically rigorous but gives organizations the participatory input and flexibility they need to work happily and effectively.  Our methodology is designed to the end that organizations become outcomes-based–that is, they organize their work around the outcomes they expect to achieve.  Our methodology comprises the following three related elements: Theory of Change, Evaluation and Capacity-building

  • Testimonial

    • “The concept of a community school, though rooted in common sense, is often times difficult to understand. By addressing the needs of the whole child -- academic, social and family -- community schools encompass the intersections of the philosophies, languages and practices of several disciplines: education, youth development, social services and community development. The community schools Theory of Change model illustrates this complexity by identifying its various components, their relationships, and dynamic process which ultimately, results in real change.” Hayin Kim, The Children’s Aid Society, New York City.