This time last year, a group of 14 partner organizations were wrapping up the inaugural Data Learning Cohort, supported by The Commit! Partnership and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. In an effort to build even greater capability with data, The Commit! Partnership and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas are teaming up with Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to bring their Data Driven Decision-making (D3) Institute to the education space!

The D3 Institute is an intensive, 9-month commitment that includes a series of workshops along with one-on-one coaching focused on using data and evaluation to inform organizational decision-making. CFT previously offered this learning opportunity to three cohorts of nonprofits working to improve the financial stability of working families. Now, with the additional support of The Commit! Partnership and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, a fourth D3 Institute will provide education-focused nonprofits that serve the needs of youth (ages 0-18), their educators, and/or their families the power to accelerate development of enduring service solutions that have greatest impact on students’ academic and social-emotional wellbeing. To learn more about the Institute and previous participating agencies, visit

A cohort group of up to 15 nonprofits will be selected to participate through a competitive process already underway. Selected nonprofits will be announced in September and the Institute will run through June 2017. Participating agencies will also have the opportunity to help co-design a follow-up program tailored to support them in achieving their results beyond the Institute.