Midcourse Corrections to a Major Initiative: A Report on the James Irvine Foundation's CORAL Experience

Midcourse Corrections to a Major Initiative: A Report on the James Irvine Foundation's CORAL Experience

Large-scale philanthropic programs have the potential to generate significant social change but also require special consideration in staffing, governance, and review processes, a new report from the James Irvine Foundation finds. Midcourse Corrections to a Major Initiative: A Report on the James Irvine Foundation's CORAL Experience (24 pages, PDF) offers a candid analysis of the operating challenges and pitfalls encountered by the foundation's eight-year, $60 million CORAL initiative, which was launched in 1999 to improve educational achievement in California's lowest-performing schools. The report describes the series of events that led to CORAL's independent midcourse assessment and reorientation, and presents six specific lessons designed to help foundations incorporate interim evaluations in their own programming, recognize early warning signs of trouble, and decide when midcourse changes are necessary.