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 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.