Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health
Building Capacity for Evaluation Initiative

2017-2019 Cohort

The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and The Barra Foundation are supporting seven nonprofit organizations to receive evaluation training and consultation from The Consultation Center at Yale starting in Fall 2017. The seven organizations include:

  • Children's Literacy Initiative
  • Coatesville Youth Initiative
  • MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)
  • Starfinder Foundation
  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
  • Vetri Community Partnership
  • WHYY


The organizations will receive two years training and consultation in practical program evaluation skills to track program processes and outcomes, and to communicate effectively about evaluation and quality assurance data. The training and consultation include:

  •  an overview of program evaluation and its use in organizations;
  • an introduction to logic models and their uses in evaluation;
  • assisting organizations to identify program evaluation needs, goals, methods, and measures most appropriate for their program; and
  • helping organizations identify organizational capacities and barriers to program evaluation capacity and sustainability.

In the first two years (Fall 2017-Summer 2019), the organizations will be provided with a combination of group training and individual consultation as follows:

  • group training of four (4) half-days with up to three (3) staff per organization in the Fall, Winter, and Spring of year one;
  • individual consultation and technical assistance in each 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;
  • a combination of two (2) group trainings and three (3) individual on-site consultations in year two; and
  • ongoing phone and email consultation tailored to individual organization needs.

Upon completion of the first two years, participating organizations have the opportunity to join the Greater Philadelphia Evaluation Learning Collaborative. In the Collaborative, organizations participate by signing up for individualized, online office hours available every two weeks as well as attendance at regular webinar trainings and consultation.  Webinars provide a forum for training, consultation, and resource sharing, with materials maintained in a password protected Dropbox folder which Collaborative members are able to access as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions about BECI
Does my organization receive any money to participate?          
No, participating organizations receive the consultation and the technical assistance from The Consultation Center at Yale.
Is there a cost for my organization to participate?
There is no cost for your organization to participate. The organization does have to commit staff time (~2-3 individuals) for the training and consultations outlined in the description. Staff will also have to complete work in between consultations and trainings.
Who can apply?
Organizations that support behavioral health, arts and culture, education, physical health and wellness, human services, community development, and others are eligible to apply.
What is the deadline to apply?
Please complete your application in the online grant portal by 5:00pm on Monday, August 14, 2017. If you have any questions please contact Alyson Ferguson at: . Applicants will be notified of the award decision by September 14, 2017.
Where do I apply?
Applications will only be accepted through the Scattergood Foundations online grant portal.
Do I need to create an account for the online grant portal?
Yes, please click on "Create New Account" to complete the registration process and create your logon credentials. Please contact Alyson Ferguson at if you have any questions about using the online grant portal.
What are the important dates to remember?
·      2017-2019 Cohort Application opens: Wednesday 7/12/17
·      2017-2019 Cohort Application closes: Monday 8/14/17 at 5:00pm
·      Announcement of 2017-2019 Cohort: Thursday 9/14/17
·      2017-2019 Cohort Kick-off meeting & Non-selected organization meeting: TBD early-mid October 2017
·      2018- 2020 Cohort Application to open: TBD in July 2018
Will there be an opportunity to apply for this initiative again?
This is the sixth year of this initiative and we plan to continue it in the coming years. Organizations are always allowed to reapply for this opportunity. 
Can current grantees of The Scattergood Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and/or United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey?
apply for this initiative?
Can non-grantees of The Scattergood Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and/or United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey?
Does applying for this initiative make my organization ineligible for other funding/support from The Scattergood Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and/or United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey?
Who is Consultation and Training Team from The Consultation Center Team at Yale?
Dr. Jacob Tebes, the team leader and a clinical/community psychologist, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study Center, and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine; Director of the Yale Division of Prevention and Community Research; and Director of The Consultation Center.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience as an evaluator, researcher, and consultant who has worked with numerous community-based organizations and with federal, state, and municipal agencies. His work has focused on vulnerable populations in under-resourced communities, individuals in recovery from addiction and/or mental illness, and at risk children and families. 
Dr. Cindy Crusto is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Director of Program Evaluation and Child Trauma Research at The Consultation Center, and Assistant Chair for Diversity, Department of Psychiatry.  A clinical/community psychologist, Dr. Crusto has more than 15 years experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance in evaluation to community-based organizations, and in children exposed to violence.
Ms. Amy Griffin, is a Senior Evaluation Consultant at The Consultation Center with more than 12 years experience evaluating community-based programs at the local, state, and national levels. She has She has a Masters degree in Communications and advanced graduate training in Family and Child Ecology. She has extensive experience in providing technical assistance and training to state departments and community-based organizations, and her evaluation-related expertise includes participatory and democratic evaluation methods as well as ecological measurement strategies.  
Ms. Elizabeth Grim is an Evaluation Consultant at The Consultation Center with more than 6 years of experience evaluating community-based programs and conducting community-based research. She is passionate about using data to strengthen organizations and communities, and has expertise in providing training and technical assistance to community-based organizations, data visualization, and policy analysis. She has Masters degrees in public health and social work, with a focus on the social determinants of health, including housing, homelessness, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education.
Dr. Samantha Matlin, a clinical/community psychologist, is the Director of Evaluation and Community Impact at the Scattergood Foundation and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and an evaluation consultant at The Consultation Center.  In her role, she provides training and consultation to build evaluation capacity in community-based organizations and city and state agencies.  She is currently working with the Pottstown School District in their trauma-informed community initiative, and  is the former Special Advisor to the Commissioner at the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.  She is committed to learning how contextual factors (such as neighborhood support, violence, trauma, and poverty) contribute to health and interventions to improve the health status of communities. 
Database Technical Support: Ms. Maegan Genovese is a Research Associate at The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine, with more than 12 years of experience managing data-related tasks for evaluation and research initiatives. She has a Master’s in Research and Measurement, with expertise in electronic data collection, data management and analysis, and data-related training and technical assistance to staff and volunteers.  She has also worked in a variety of systems, including child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, health, education, and social services.   
What organizations have participated in the past?
  • 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
  • ACHIEVEability
  • After School Activities Partnership
  • Art Sanctuary
  • Bancroft
  • Boys and Girls Club of Chester  
  • Broad Street Ministry
  • Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia
  • Center for Families and Relationships
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
  • COMHAR Children’s Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
  • Diversified Community Services
  • Episcopal Community Services
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Health Federation of Philadelphia
  • Hopeworks ‘N Camden
  • JEVS Human Services
  • La Comunidad Hispana
  • Lutheran Settlement House
  • Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA
  • Mercer Street Friends – West Ward Alliance
  • Nationality Services Center
  • Need in Deed
  • Northeast Community Mental Health Center
  • Northern Children’s Services
  • Pathway to Housing PA
  • Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative
  • Philadelphia Horticulture Society
  • Project H.O.M.E.
  • Public Interest Law Center
  • Resources for Human Development
  • Scribe Video Center
  • Smith Memorial Playground
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania
  • Turning Points for Children
  • Welcoming Center
Who reviews the application?
The evaluation team from The Consultation Center at Yale reviews all applications.
What criteria are the applications judged against?
  • Overall quality of the application.
  • The expected impact of the award on the individual program’s evaluation capacity.
  • The expected impact of the award on the entire organization’s evaluation capacity.
  • The expected impact of the award on the broader community and/or field.
Who do I contact if I have question about the program?
Alyson Ferguson via email at