The evaluation capacity building initiative helps our grantees assess and strengthen their services’ impact on the populations they serve. Through group learning sessions and individualized coaching, the multiyear program expands Pew-supported organizations’ ability to monitor their ongoing progress, use data to inform their practices, and evaluate results to determine whether goals are being met and how to make improvements.

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed and taught by experts from ImpactED, based at the University of Pennsylvania, and McClanahan Associates Inc., and tailored to each grantee’s organizational needs. Specifically, participants have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Conduct evaluation and learning activities in a way that centers on community engagement and equity.
  • Identify the relationship between a program’s activities and its desired results, also known as “theory of change.”
  • Gather and analyze meaningful data, identify appropriate evaluation tools, and use more rigorous evaluation methods.
  • Build an organizational culture that values evaluation and learning.
  • Identify and implement data management systems that facilitate learning and track long-term outcomes.
  • Develop in-house evaluation skills, fund evaluation activities, and align funder requirements.
  • Contextualize findings and identify program adjustments with communities and other partners to deepen impact and create more equitable outcomes.

Participants

Organizations are selected based on need and interest, diversity of experience with evaluation and learning strategies, ability to dedicate appropriate staff and resources, and the estimated impact that the curriculum will have on them.

After School Activities Partnerships Benefits Data Trust
Bethesda Project Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia Broad Street Ministry
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) Central Montgomery Mental Health
Chester Education Foundation Community Learning Center
Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County Delaware County Victim Assistance Center
Depaul USA Drueding Center
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth
Esperanza Health Center Face to Face
Family Service Association of Bucks County Garage Community and Youth Center
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Horizons Greater Philadelphia
Inglis Foundation Intercommunity Action
Intercultural Family Services Intergenerational Center at Temple University
Jewish Family and Children’s Services Joseph J. Peters Institute
KenCrest Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) Philadelphia
Lutheran Settlement House Maternal and Child Health Consortium
Mighty Writers Mural Arts Philadelphia
Network of Victim Assistance Philabundance
Philadelphia Futures Philadelphia Youth Basketball
Prevention Point Philadelphia Project HOME
Senior Community Services SquashSmarts
Support Center for Child Advocates Supportive Older Women’s Network
Surrey Services for Seniors Tech Impact
Turning Points for Children              

The Wardrobe 

Women Against Abuse 

Women’s Opportunities Resource Center

YMCA of Greater Philadelphia 

YouthBuild Philadelphia

Pew Fund grantees will be notified of future opportunities to participate in this initiative.

For more information, please email us at [email protected].

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