Social Impact Collaborative

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.

We are currently accepting applications for the second cohort of the program. All William Penn Foundation grantees with a current grant active through May 2018, or after, are eligible to apply. 

All grantees must submit a written application detailing their organization's interest in the program, as well as current data use practices. 

Learn more about the program and application process here.

The application deadline is Friday May 11th at 11:59pm. Click here to apply. 

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
                   parks

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.

For more information on the program structure, key dates, application process, and eligibility requirements, please click here. 

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. 

Please use this link to review workshop offerings and RSVP for the information session

check Written Application: All grantees must submit a written application detailing their organization's interest in the program, as well as current data practices. The application deadline is Friday May 11th at 11:59pm. 

Please use this link to apply for the Social Impact Collaborative 

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. 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information. 

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu