FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2015
Three Foundations Jointly Supporting ‘Building Agency Capacity for Program Evaluation’ Initiative
The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, The Barra Foundation, and The Philadelphia Foundation will support eleven nonprofit organizations to receive evaluation training and consultation from The Consultation Center at Yale University for two years.
(Philadelphia, PA) The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, The Barra Foundation, and The Philadelphia Foundation have issued a Request For Applications (RFA) for the Building Agency Capacity for Program Evaluation Initiative. The three (3) foundations will support eleven (11) nonprofit service organizations to receive two (2) years of intensive evaluation consultation services from The Consultation Center at Yale University and the access to the Greater Philadelphia Evaluation Learning Collaborative upon completion of the two (2) years.
Organizations selected to participate will receive training and consultation in practical program evaluation skills to track program processes and outcomes, and to communicate effectively about evaluation and data. Training and consultation include:
a) an overview of program evaluation and its use in organizations
b) an introduction to logic models and their uses in evaluation
c) assisting organizations to identify program evaluation needs, goals, methods, and measures most appropriate for their program; and
d) helping organizations identify organizational capacities and barriers to program evaluation capacity and sustainability.
“The Building Agency Capacity for Program Evaluation Initiative allows participating organizations to create measures for success that are specifically suited to their needs,” said Ana Lisa Yoder, Director of Grantmaking and Special Projects at The Philadelphia Foundation. “It allows them to develop customized plans that fit their scale of operations, mission and organizational culture.”
In the first two years (July 2015-June 2017), organizations selected to participate in this initiative, will be provided with a combination of group training and individual consultation as follows:
a) group training of four (4) half-days with up to three (3) staff per organization in the Fall, Winter, and Spring of year one,
b) individual consultation and technical assistance throughout the year for up to eight (8) staff to supplement group sessions for a total of three (3) individual sessions of up to two (2) hours each per organization; and,
c) ongoing phone and email consultation tailored to individual organization needs, and
d) a combination of two (2) group trainings and three (3) individual on-site consultations in provided in the program’s second year.
At the end of the program’s second year, organizations will also be eligible to participate in the Greater Philadelphia Evaluation Learning Collaborative in which evaluation consultants conduct monthly online webinar meetings that cover a range of evaluation topics that address specific evaluation challenges faced by former grantees.
“We have been supporting this initiative for over four years and have had 26 organizations complete the process and it has been truly transformational for these organizations,” said Joe Pyle, President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. Pyle added, “The Scattergood Foundation is really excited to have new partnerships with the foundations, which has allowed for significant growth and improvements to the program.”
Previously, this initiative has been focused on behavioral health related organizations. The expanded cohort is open to organizations that support arts and culture, education, physical health and wellness, human services and other services, in addition to those supplying behavioral health programs.
“To innovate or adapt effectively, organizations need to be able to accurately assess what is working and what is not. In our work with grantees, evaluation capacity has emerged as an important need and one that is under-resourced. We are pleased to make this investment that will further strengthen the work of nonprofits in our region,” shared Kristina Wahl, President of The Barra Foundation.
Applications and more details about the RFA can be found at www.scattergoodfoundation.org/RFA_evaluation. The deadline to submit an application is August 17th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Review of the applications will be completed by The Consultation Center team and not by the foundations. Applicants will be notified of the selected organizations on September 4th.
Joe Pyle, MA President
Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
For more information on the contributing organizations please visit:
Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation at www.scattergoodfoundation.org
The Barra Foundation at www.barrafoundation.org
The Philadelphia Foundation at www.philafound.org
The Consultation Center at Yale University at www.theconsultationcenter.org