Claudia Juech of The Rockefeller Foundation on Scan & Search Model

Twitter: @cjjuech  and Rockefeller Foundation @RockefellerFdn

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Claudia Juech is associate vice president and managing director for Strategic Insights at The Rockefeller Foundation. She joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2007 and currently leads the work to maximize insight—both internally and externally—from the various channels the Foundation uses to learn about new ideas. She speaks with the Philanthropy Hour today about the Scan and Search model, the strategic insights they are gaining from this approach, and how it is leading to effective and impactful philanthropy. 

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas—advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities—to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not. 


In this interview, we discuss:

  1. Overview of the Scan & Search model and why it is innovative.  (1:00)
  2. The use of listening tours to inform their work and survey the landscape.  (7:00) 
  3. The learning experiences of moving from a fixed program model to a more opportunistic model. (10:55)
  4. More on the Bellagio Center, and some of the great achievements that have resulted (21:10)
  5. Dashboard of 10 indicators for measuring success and impact.  (27:40)
  6. The ablity to use more technology and better data anayltics to unearth more opportunities.  (36:00)


"We have a lot of the tools to eliminate hunger, or tackle diseases that are affecting millions of people, so how can we leverage the tools to make that happen?" -Claudia Juech


  1. Philanthropy for Social Change case study on Scan and Search. 
  2. More information on the YieldWise initiative, reducing food waste for African farmers. 
  3. Interview with Claudia in Philanthropy News Digest
  4.  The Rockefeller Foundation strategy of adaptability
  5. "What Works: Gender Equality By Design" by Iris Bohnet a book recommendation


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