President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) in February 2014 to advance opportunities and break down systemic barriers for boys and young men of color. MBKA is now a core initiative of the Obama Foundation addressing disparities from cradle to career and working across sectors (including business, community, government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and youth) to create systemic change.
Community Science was brought on for our evaluation and data analytics expertise to serve in an advisory and research role. We helped MBKA think through evaluation and data uses as the project created an infrastructure around data. Community Science helped MBKA develop metrics for successful outcomes. It also helped to strategize on how to use data and analytics to identify inequity, and think through the development of a data platform approach. Community Science summarized strategic advice regarding measurement, evaluation, and data analytics. The Obama Foundation continues the integration of MBKA as a core initiative, and therefore at the time of the end of the Community Science contract, MBKA and the Obama Foundation to pause its measurement, data and evaluation strategy work.