Root Cause Institute Inc.

aka Root Cause   |   Cambridge, MA   |  www.rootcause.org

Mission

Root Cause is driven by a passion for shaping the future of social problem solving. Our services and programs individually and collectively bring together nonprofit, philanthropy, government, and business to advance solutions to today's toughest social issues by helping them understand and invest in what works. Our decade of work to accelerate performance shows that sustained change happens when resources flow to organizations committed to continuous improvement to ensure they are maximizing impact. Root Cause improves the performance of organizations working on social issues and organizations that allocate resources for social issues resulting in quantifiable improvement in people's lives.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Erin Rodriguez

Main address

101 Main Street 14th Floor

Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

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EIN

20-0703238

NTEE code info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Social Science Research Institutes, Services (V20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Collective Action

Root Cause guides networks of organizations and community members in cultivating a common purpose and organizing their efforts to improve lives across a community. By contributing to the success of our partners in collective action, Root Cause aims to enable more people to experience lifelong success, from a healthy birth, a quality education, a good quality job, and healthy and secure aging.

Our team functions as a network manager: coordinating services, measurement activities, and the use of common data systems, as well as facilitating dialogue and teamwork focused on a common goal. We provide research, coaching, and evaluation services, while working with partners to build capacity to sustain progress and impact.

Our approach is grounded in the experiences of people in the community. We work with partners to understand how people experience barriers to success, such as those connected to race, class, gender, and geography.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our practice is built around our core strengths in research and strategy consulting. Root Cause helps partners design and implement strategies that are actionable, measurable, and attainable. Our strategic and business plans define pathways to sustainability and have a core focus on enabling more people to achieve lifelong success.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Measurement, Learning, & Improvement (MLI) projects are focused on optimizing the performance of organizations and programs working to improve people’s lives. Root Cause helps partners collect, understand, and use data to deepen and expand their impact on people’s lives.

Our approach is centered on a commitment to continuous quality improvement. Using a variety of tools, we help partners assess and strengthen their capacity to ensure limited resources are being well utilized. Our team works with partners to identify and increase the use of evidence-based practices that increase the likelihood of better outcomes for people.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of registrants for our 2-week, 8-webinar Learning Series

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our 2-week, 8-webinar Learning Series in November 2021 about our Program Quality Roadmap had 706 registrants.

Number of consulting projects completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Collective Action

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, we've worked with 43 partners on 12 projects.

Financials

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Root Cause Institute Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrew Wolk

Root Cause

Andrew Wolk

Root Cause

Owen Stearns

Excel Academy Charter School

Daryl Wright

National Emerald Cities Collaborative

Bob Giannino

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/01/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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