Capacity Building/Scaling & Growth

Pew Fund Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (ECBI)
Funder: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Project Time Period: 2017-Present

Project Category: Evaluation and Performance Measurement Capacity Building

About ECBI: Through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services (Pew Fund), Pew supports organizations in the Philadelphia area that provide much-needed assistance to three populations: disadvantaged children, youth and their families; vulnerable adults; and the frail elderly. Pew also partners with many local institutions to encourage a thriving arts and cultural community; inform discussion on important issues facing the city; and, more broadly, strengthen Philadelphia’s appeal to residents and visitors alike. The goal of the Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative is to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation practices of Pew Fund grantees.

The Work: MAI is working with the Pew Fund and ImpactEd on an evaluation capacity building initiative (EBCI) for Philadelphia nonprofits with varying levels of performance management capacity. The ECBI serves 30 organizations with a customized 15-month program where they learn the skills to become data-informed organizations. Through peer group learning, small group learning, and one-on-one coaching participating organizations will strengthen their learning culture, codify their program models and build their performance measurement skills.