Increase access of community organizations to the intellectual capital and technical expertise at universities
Introduce future leaders to applied research and evaluation career opportunities in the social sector
Develop data, measurement and program evaluation capacity within community organizations
The CONNECT program seeks to activate learning from data and build both capacity and interest in greater data, measurement and evaluation capacity within community organizations. The program achieves this through personalized, high-touch intake with nonprofit organizations who have data and evaluation projects, recruitment of skilled graduate students (masters and doctoral) at The University of Texas, student fellowships to recognize program participation, an online platform and matching to ensure a good fit between organization and student, and customized project support leading to high-quality, actionable deliverables.