City Parks Program Evaluation

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Philadelphia Parks Alliance
Organization Overview: 

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving Philadelphia's public spaces. The mission of the Parks Alliance is to champion the public’s interest in outstanding parks, recreation, and open spaces - key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for all. Parks alliance has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Philadelphia Recreation Advisory Councils to manage the recreation volunteer networks and program funds city-wide. There are over 150 recreation centers in the city that run about 5 programs on average. However, these programs have no obligation to undergo any evaluation process or system of tracking outcomes or effectiveness. Each program is run by a Parks and Recreation employee who leads the program, and an Advisory Council comprised of community volunteers are responsible for overseeing the programs. 

Project Name: 
City Parks Program Evaluation
Project Type: 
Program Evaluation
Project Overview: 

Though there are programs at recreation centers all over the city, we have little to no information on what programs actually happen, how well they are performing, and how they address community needs. 


Students will take a segment of the city and do a deep dive into that neighborhood to assess the quality of its recreation center programs and their outputs. In addition to identifying who is facilitating each program, students should create a program evaluation plan, implement that plan, and make recommendations for the Philadelphia Parks Alliance based on their findings.  Students should include stakeholders in their understanding of whether the programs are serving the community's needs. 


Spots Available: 
Executive; Full-Time
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326

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