Our History
Name change and a devotion to adapt to an ever-changing world and social innovation landscape

To reflect more of the work we do in evaluating systems change and social issues, we are changing our name. Even though policy is a big part in moving the needle for any initiative and we incorporate it into our work, we felt it gave out misleading impressions. We specialize in the many facets of systems change and feel that “Spark Insight Partners” captures our devotion to providing actionable takeaways to clients to improve the work they are apart of.

Greater focus on igniting change and helping clients

In 2017 leadership at Spark was turned over to Kyle Brost, who has reinvirograted and reinvested in our commitment to practice, adopting the motto “Good in Theory, Better in Practice”. As we move to the next phase of our work, Spark remains committed to that early vision of igniting meaning change through high-quality research, effective and inclusive engagement, and clear, actionable communication strategies. We continue to be distinguished by our focus on excellence and on creating actionable recommendations informed by those most affected by the problem. 

Growth and deepening of evaluation expertise

Over the next ten years, Spark Policy Institute grew from that small group working out of the back of a house to a team with partners throughout the country. More importantly, we grew our skills, knowledge, experience, and passion to solve complex problems. We developed the organization in response to the need for expertise on cross-system policy issues, a challenge that remains.

Integration of a systems view to our work

Just two years later, we were deeply invested in supporting systemic change in the fields of children’s behavioral health, juvenile justice, health disparities, education, water policy, and more. Through this work, our early team created a vision for an organization that can create meaningful change by helping to solve complex problems.


Spark was born

Founded in 2004 by Jewlya Lynn and Pilar Ingargiola in response to the need for expertise on cross-system issues in the service of visionary change, Spark Policy Institute has worked with partners across the country on a wide range of efforts. Originally, we called ourselves “Center for Systems Integration” with the plan of creating a loosely affiliated network of people who wanted to support visionary and systemic change.