Select Past Projects

Over its lifetime, Fels' Consulting group has worked on over 1,400 high- impact projects. This page includes highlights from select recent projects. A more complete list of recent Fels Consulting publications can be found here.

  • How Philadelphia Voted: May 2013 was a report published by Fels Consulting analyzing the election results frm the May 2013 Democratic Primary election for City Controler.
  • Social Media, Second Edition features critical updates to the Making the Most of Social Media report release by Fels Consulting in 2009 which was produced as a guide for local governments experimenting with social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Reading Entrepreneurship Development was a project during which Fels Consulting worked with the Wyomissing Foundation in Reading, PA, to ascertain how the public sector could encourage entrepreneurial development.
  • The Annual Report of US States was a student-led effort to analyze the sustainability of state spending with respect to important fiscal issues, including health care, pensions, and education. Fels was responsible for examining factors such as unemployment rates, federal spending, deficits, and surpluses.
  • Community Learning Center (CLC), a literacy nonprofit serving low-income adults in Philadelphia, worked with Fels Consulting to develop a strategic plan based on a strong vision and direction for the future of CLC.
  • Job-Centered Economic Development Strategies was a project with the Annie E. Casey Foundation that identified and examined replicable employer-driven talent development strategies aimed at lower skilled workers and at-risk youth. 
  • Promising Practices for State Cabinet Secretaries is a  report that explores core competencies that can help these important leaders succeed in their positions. Based on numerous interviews, this report features real-life narratives that illustrate the skills and techniques leaders can use to tackle key challenges and “get things done.”
  • Public Engagement Promising Practices is a practical guide on the whys, whats, and hows of carrying out a public engagement session that enables leader and organizations to gather first-hand community input on local issues and potential policies.
  • Talent Dividend assessed the Greater Philadelphia area's progress toward increasing the amount of post-secondary degrees conferred and is conducted in partnership with local stakeholders facilitated by Select Greater Philadelphia.
  • Sustainable Strategies for Small Communities was a project to examine environmental initiatives at the grass-roots level in order to develop a guide of “best practices” for small environmental organizations.
  • Graduate! Philadelphia chose Fels Consulting to investigate the financial roadblocks facing adults re-enrolling in college degree programs to finish their education (“Comebackers”) and produce a professional background paper that outlines our findings and contains several policy recommendations to help overcome these challenges.
  • The Keystone Principles and Criteria for Growth, Investment, and Resource Conservation were examined by Fels Consulting. Based on our research, we offered recommendations for improving these Principles for future projects in Pennsylvania.
  • LEARN Philly is a consortium of 6 adult literacy programs that commissioned Fels Consulting to lead a strategic planning initiative that worked on the development of a clarified, goal-specific three-year work plan in Spring 2012. 
  • Neighborhoods of Opportunity was a project which examined real estate and human capital development strategies undertaken in a portion of Eastern North Philadelphia between 1997 and 2008.
  • The Old York Road Revitalization Group selected Fels Consulting to partner with them to develop a realistic revitalization plan for the Old York Road Corridor as it passes through the Cheltenham, Abington, and Jenkintown school districts in Spring 2012.
  • Penn Energy Showdown, managed by Fels Consulting, was a competition between Harrison and Rodin College Houses at the University of Pennsylvania to decrease student energy consumption.