CONNECT Program Overview
Central Texas organizations have big challenges to tackle. Graduate students are among the people in our Central Texas community that have the skills organizations need to solve these problems. CONNECT is a way to bring these groups together. Our hope is that this effort will continue to grow and make a contribution toward solving complex community challenges.
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.
"I participated in this program at the same time that I started to go on the job market and I found my experience crucial for securing other opportunities. I don't think that I could have had the same opportunities for my career if I had not done the CONNECT program." - Mary Abbe Roe, Spring 2020 CONNECT Fellow
"Our CONNECT Fellow’s work provided a wealth of useful information that will positively impact the Dana Center for many years to come. The Center learned that CONNECT is one of the best programs the university has to offer. This was one of my best experiences since joining UT three years ago. Brava, CONNECT!" - Afi Y. Wiggins, Ph.D., Director, Program Evaluation and Research, Charles A. Dana Center
Preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders
RGK Center CONNECT Program: Nonprofit Data Capacity Building
Pionero Philanthropy and graduate students with the CONNECT program worked together to help put more than 15,000 Guatemalan nonprofit organizations on the map-- an interactive map used to bridge the gap between donors and information seekers, strengthen research in the sector, and help facilitate collaboration among nonprofits.