Fund for Shared Insight (Shared Insight) is focused in part on increasing the extent to which foundations listen to others — especially the people they seek to help — and respond to their expressed interests. One of Shared Insight's short - term outcomes around feedback practice includes "more dialogue in the sector about the importance of hearing feedback from the people we seek to help and application (and limits) of collecting feedback into the normal course of business."
To this end, ORS Impact conducted an annual media analysis of relevant blogs, periodicals, and reports for each of the following timeframes:
- July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, the year prior to the launch of Shared Insight, which we refer to as the baseline;
- July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, the year immediately following its launch; and
- July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, the most recent time period.
This memo outlines changes in the amount and type of discourse in the field around feedback loops in the most recent year compared to the previous two years. We raise a few observations and considerations. More detailed methodological notes follow.