The Consutlation Center at Yale University and the Scattergood Foudnation woudl like to thank everyone for their application to the Building Agency Capacity for Program Evaluation initiative of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. This year we received applications from 39 organizations for six, 3-year awards. The applications we received were from a diverse set of agencies, including but not limited to large health networks, innovative startups, and cultural organizations. Clearly, the demand for evaluation capacity building exceeds the current funding available.
We are happy to announce the 2014-2017 cohort as:
· Center for Families and Relationships
· Lutheran Settlement House
· Nationality Services Center
· Northeast Community Mental Health Center
· Public Interest Law Center
· Resources for Human Development
The review process was conducted by the team from The Consultation Center at Yale University. The consultants used four criteria to score each application:
1) overall quality
2) the expected impact of the award on a program’s evaluation capacity
3) the expected impact of the award on an agency’s evaluation capacity
4) the expected impact of the award on the broader community and/or field of behavioral health
The top 15 rated applications (just over one-third) underwent a second critical review by the team and were then ranked in ascending order. From this list, the 6 top-rated applications were recommended to the Foundation Board, which provided the final funding approval.
Due to the large number of applications, the Scattergood Foundation and The Consultation Center from Yale University, has scheduled an EvaluationCapacity Building Discussion Forum on Wednesday, October 8 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
All agencies that have applied or would like to apply to the program in the future are invited to participate and interact with other local funders, the Foundation’s leadership and The Consultation Center team from Yale, to discuss the need for evaluation capacity building and related strategies to increase support for this work. The Consultation Center team will also provide overall general feedback about the application process and share thoughts on strengthening applications to the program. Your voice is essential to raising the visibility of this issue as a critical need locally.
We hope you will be able to join us over light refreshments on October 8, 2014.