Welcome to Spark Policy Institute

Spark Policy Institute helps develop innovative, research-based approaches to help our partners solve complex societal problems that defy easy solutions. Through its culture of participation and innovation, Spark brings new energy to identifying solutions to complex policy problems, partnering to create meaningful and sustainable change in communities and organizations.

Since 2004, Spark has been a national leader in using community engagement, fiscal integration, evaluation in messy settings and real-time strategic learning to address some of the most challenging policy issues in its home state of Colorado and throughout the country. The Spark team also brings many other skills to bear when solving complex problems, including facilitation, community engagement, consumer leadership development, applied research, policy development and more to help policymakers, communities and advocates to do good, even better.

The Spark Desk

The Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit, created by the Colorado Farm to School Task Force and Spark Policy Institute,   is a resource to help farm to school programs of all sizes to undertake evaluation of their efforts.

New at Spark

Jewlya Lynn, Spark CEO, named to prestigious Presidio Institute Program. Read more here.

Igniting Change

Do good, even better!

Check out this resource designed to empower communities, leaders, and policymakers to undertake meaningful change. This site leverages many resources developed by experts and leaders with real world experience.
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How Can Real-time Learning Help Improve Grant Effectiveness?

Read about lessons learned on how organizations and evaluators can foster learning to improve effectiveness in an article from the Foundation Review. The article looks at Project Health Colorado, a three-year strategy to build public will for access to health for Coloradans, and how the Colorado Trust and Spark used a strategic learning model to improve grantee effectiveness during the grant period and beyond.
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Evaluating Complexity

Spark's work on a Collective Impact initiative in Missouri on infant mortality is highlighted in a new guide from FSG and the Collective Impact forum. The guide provides insight on how to evaluate Collective Impact initiatives, which, like the problems they were created to solve, are often multi-dimensional, complex and messy, meaning traditional evaluation methods often fall short. To read more about Spark's involvement with this initiative, check out our blog post.