The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia has launched a new evaluation capacity building initiative to help our grantees assess and strengthen the impact of their services on the region’s most vulnerable residents. Through group learning sessions and individualized coaching, the 15-month program will expand the abilities of Pew-supported organizations 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.


The curriculum will be 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 will learn:

  • How to identify the relationship between a program’s activities and its desired results, also known as “theory of change.”
  • How to gather and analyze meaningful data, identify appropriate evaluation tools, and use more rigorous evaluation methods.
  • How to build an organizational culture that prioritizes evaluation and learning.
  • How to identify and implement data management systems that facilitate learning and track long-term outcomes.
  • Strategies for developing in-house evaluation skills, funding evaluation activities, and aligning funder requirements.

2018-19 cohort

After inviting all 103 current Pew Fund grantees to apply, our first cohort of 30 organizations was 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 the curriculum will have on each organization.

Broad Street Ministry
  Family Service Association of Bucks County    Philabundance
Career Wardrobe
  Garage Community and Youth Center
  Project HOME
Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
  Intercommunity Action    Senior Community Services
Central Montgomery Mental Health
  Intercultural Family Services
Community Learning Center
  Joseph J. Peters Institute
  Support Center for Child Advocates
Drueding Center
  Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) Philadelphia
  Supportive Older Women’s Network
Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
  Lutheran Settlement House
  Surrey Services for Seniors 
ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth
  Maternal and Child Health Consortium
  Women Against Abuse
Esperanza Health Center
  Mural Arts Philadelphia
  Women’s Opportunities Resource Center
Face to Face   Network of Victim Assistance
  YouthBuild Philadelphia

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

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


Pew Fund Grantees Work to Improve Programs Through Better Use of Data

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The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services launched the Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (ECBI) in early 2018 to strengthen our grantees’ abilities to monitor and evaluate their programs and use data to improve services for some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents.


Nonprofits Benefit From Building the Capacity to Monitor and Evaluate Their Programs

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Increasingly, nonprofits must demonstrate the impact of their programs to attract and retain funding. Data play an integral role in informing and influencing an organization’s strategies, which, in turn, can lead to positive changes for the individuals and communities served.