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Diplomas Now Co-Founder Robert Balfanz Named to Results for America’s Inaugural Nonprofit Fellowship Program

Balfanz Joins 14 Other Nonprofit CEOs from Across the Country for Two-Year Fellowship Focused on Embracing What Works

December 15, 2016Results for America today selected Diplomas Now co-founder Robert Balfanz for a two-year fellowship that will capture the collective experiences, insights and recommendations of well-respected nonprofit chief executives committed to advancing evidence-based solutions to better inform public policy and improve the impact of public investments.

Results for America (RFA) is a national nonprofit working with decision-makers at all levels of government to harness the power of evidence and data to make progress on the world’s greatest challenges, for a two-year fellowship.

“At Diplomas Now, we focus on identifying and supporting the neediest students in the most challenged schools to keep them on track to high school graduation,” said Balfanz, who will be joined by 14 other dynamic nonprofit chiefs committed to driving large-scale reform. “Our evidence-based model is helping to transform schools and boost graduation rates across the country. I’m honored to participate in this fellowship.”

“Every day, these dynamic chief executives, and the organizations they lead, are harnessing evidence to improve lives, open opportunity and tackle our most pressing challenges,” said Michele Jolin, co-founder and CEO of Results for America. “Through this Fellowship, we will help bridge the gap between the important evidence-based work being done by these nonprofits in communities across the country and the policymakers who represent those communities. We are honored to have these leaders join our Nonprofit Fellowship, and I thank them for helping us make investing in what works the new normal.”

As part of the Fellowship, Balfanz will focus on using evidence and data to address Education Development. Diplomas Now works with partners City Year, Communities In Schools and Johns Hopkins University’s Talent Development Secondary to use data on attendance, behavior, and course performance to identify and support students most at-risk of dropping out. As a participant in RFA’s Nonprofit Fellowship, Balfanz will have an opportunity to collaborate with other nonprofits on best practices for building and using evidence in order to improve education programs and policies, open opportunity for American students and provide an example to policymakers at all levels.

Results for America will work with the Nonprofit Fellows to develop and strengthen their organizations’ capacity to shape public policy at all levels of government. Together, RFA and the Fellows will develop and promote policy recommendations that can shift taxpayer dollars toward evidence-based, results-driven solutions. Results for America will provide opportunities to highlight examples of effective evidence-based solutions, and through six two-day convenings, RFA will also facilitate the sharing of best practices for building evidence and scaling evidence-based interventions.

The other 14 Nonprofit Fellows include:

  • Plinio Ayala, President and Chief Executive Officer, Per Scholas
  • Molly Baldwin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ROCA
  • Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Turnaround for Children
  • Sam Cobbs, Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth
  • Dale Erquiaga, Chief Executive Officer, Communities in Schools
  • Ed Foster-Simeon, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Lauren Gilbert, President and Chief Strategy Officer, BELL
  • Virgil Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Bottom Line
  • Pat Lawler, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Villages
  • Mary Marx, President and Chief Executive Officer, PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
  • Richard Noriega, President and Chief Executive Officer, AVANCE
  • Sam Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Eshauna Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Alliance
  • Elisabeth Stock, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Power My Learning

Learn more about the Nonprofit Fellowship here.

About Results for America

Results for America is helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to make progress on the world’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use what they find to get better results.

Results for America is accelerating the use of evidence and data to get better results by: creating standards of excellence that highlight the government infrastructure necessary to invest in what works; supporting policymakers committed to investing in what works through tools, resources and technical assistance; and mobilizing champions committed to investing in what works. For more information about Results for America, click here.

About Diplomas Now

Diplomas Now is a proven approach that helps the toughest middle and high schools in America’s largest cities ensure every student graduates ready for college or career. It is the first fully integrated approach that improves a school’s curriculum and instruction as it provides the right students with the right support to accomplish the right results.

For more information, contact:

Angie Cannon
For Diplomas Now

Tiffany Edwards
For Results for America

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