Strategic Framework to Improve Undergraduate Success

VentureWell (VW) supports global science and technology innovators through facilitation of learning networks, training, and resources to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Hadley, MA  |

"Jessica sees the overarching message, overarching themes and has a really quick mind in terms of grasping the lay of the land— not just in data, but also the politics and personalities of the organization."

K. D. Maynard, Senior Program Officer, VentureWell/Frontier Set

Task: Identify key systems change strategies associated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) Frontier Set, a select group of high-performing colleges and universities, state systems, and supporting organizations that are committed to collectively take steps over a 5-year period (2017-2022) to dramatically increase undergraduate student success and erase attainment gaps among BIPOC, first-generation, and socio-economically disadvantaged students.

Solution: Conduct a comprehensive program assessment of lessons learned (2018) and primary drivers of institutional transformation (2021).

Process: Our program evaluation in education includes qualitative analysis of annual learning logs and site reflection reports from 30+ Frontier Set sites.

Outcomes: Broadsight cultivated qualitative evidence to create an instructional framework that will inform continued programming and produced a report of preliminary findings foregrounded in Frontier Set: Working Together for Equitable Student Outcomes. A final year qualitative analysis by our team provided project leaders with comprehensive findings regarding  institutional transformation catalysts and levers. Broadsight provided sensemaking support for development of five project briefs presented to the BMGF for integration into resource materials for Frontier Set sites, educational leaders and practitioners, and the general public.

A repeat client, VentureWell has been working with Broadsight since 2014.

Other Case Studies

Amherst College seal in lavender on a dark purple background

Amherst College

Mixed Methods Assessment with Amherst College’s Loeb Center

Brothers@ logo


Alumni Impact Study

Common Wealth Murals

Economic and Community Impact Study

Stop Hazing logo


Strategic Development of the Hazing Prevention Consortium and Hazing Prevention Framework

Treehouse Foundation

Intergenerational Community Framework

Trust Transfer Project

Impact Evaluation: Engaging Artists and Organizations in Public Health Messaging on COVID-19