William Penn Foundation Program

The Social Impact Collaborative equips William Penn Foundation grantees with the information, skills, and tools they need to use data to drive improvement and share their story with key stakeholders in the Philadelphia community and beyond.

During the first year of the program, each participating grantee selects a program, project, campaign, or initiative to be the focus of their participation in the Social Impact Collaborative. Year 2 of the program focuses on applying these practices organization-wide.

Cohort 1 Testimonials

The following 10 organizations are currently participating in the first cohort of the program.

Read more about the first year of the program here.

check Barnes Foundation

check Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

check Delaware Nature Society

check Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

check Education Law Center

check Norris Square Community Alliance

check Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth

check Philadelphia Parks Alliance

check Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Program Goals

We support grantees through three phases of performance measurement and evaluation:

check Evaluation Strategy: Participating grantees will identify current evaluation needs and performance measurement capacity within their organizations. They will create or refine a logic model for a specific program or initiative that they are currently implementing and develop key metrics to track progress.

check Data Collection & Analysis: Participating grantees will develop a data collection plan and aligned instruments (e.g., surveys, focus group protocols) to capture information on implementation and impact for the selected program. They will also build their data analysis skill set and learn how to interpret results.

check Data Use: Participating grantees will learn strategies for using data to inform programmatic improvement. They will also develop an approach for sharing the impact of their work with internal and external stakeholders.

Application Process

check Introductory Workshop: At least one organizational representative is required to attend one of the following three introductory workshops to learn more about evaluation activities and the program. This workshop will be offered in partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, who will share information about the Building Capacity for Evaluation Initiative open to all area non-profits that may also be of interest to grantees.

check Written Application: All grantees must submit a written application detailing their organization’s interest in the program, as well as current data practices.

check Interviews: A subset of grantees will be selected for interviews. These interviews will provide organizations with an opportunity to expand on information from the written application and to determine if the organization’s needs are a fit for the Social Impact Collaborative.

**Application are closed. Please email impact-ed@sas.upenn.edu for more information on future cohorts**