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PRA also offers a series of trainings and individual consultations designed to improve evaluation capacity of groups of agencies. Such sessions have been offered for United Way agencies in St. Louis, MO, Rochester, NY and Memphis, TN as well as to groups of teen pregnancy programs in Minneapolis, MN.

Current Projects

Girls Inc of New York City is using PRA to create logic models for each of the agency's core programs so as to make clear the strategies used by each, as well as the programs' expected shorter- and longer-term outcomes; design an evaluation strategy for each program, including a data collection protocol; and design all needed data collection instruments for the evaluation of each program.

The Rapides Foundation’s Nonprofit Works program is designed to increase the capacity of nonprofits in the areas governance, organizational management, and leadership.  Philliber Research Associates is documenting the outcomes that have been achieved.

Black Women’s Blueprint is seeking to document the prevalence of sexual violence among black women.  Philliber Research Associates is working to increase the capacity of the organization to gather and analyze the data to document that prevalence.

Knight International Journalism Fellowships
has placed more than 50 Fellows in 37 countries, since 2007. Administered by the International Center for Journalists, this program seeks tangible changes that improve the quality and free flow of news in the public interest around the world. International media professionals work in countries where there are opportunities to promote reliable, insightful journalism that holds officials accountable. Working with media partners, these Fellows seek to be catalysts in changing media output, strengthening media organizations, changing journalism practice, creating new networks, promoting digital innovation, building new institutions, producing products to assist journalists in their work, and even in provoking governmental responses to societal issues. PRA trains all of the fellows as they go into the field in use of logic models and evaluation. PRA has evaluated the work of these Fellows since 2008.
To see published reports, click here.

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (YANEO)
offers Art is Education in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The program offers schools arts-infused learning through teaching artists residencies with professional arts organizations that may include assemblies, student performances and field trips. The program includes professional development opportunities and out-of-school time programs. Philliber Research Associates is working to evaluate the outcomes the program achieves and building evaluation capacity of program staff and teachers through training and technical assistance.

Africa Development Journalism Fellowships,
administered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ),seeks to improve the quality and free flow of news in Africa, particularly around health issues. PRA has evaluated the fellowship program since 2009.

Memphis Child Advocacy Center
is a private, non-profit agency that provides community education as well as prevention, intervention, and counseling services to sexually abused children and their families. Philliber Research Associates works with the agency to evaluate the effectiveness of their educational programs as well as the overall impact of counseling services on children's emotional and behavioral adjustment and recovery after the experience of sexual abuse. In prior years PRA also worked with the agency to build leadership and collaborative capacity.

BRIDGES has been an advocate for youth and adults in Memphis and Shelby County, for over 80 years, who face social and economic barriers that challenge personal and professional development. Bridges strives to provide these individuals with the knowledge, skills and experience to transform their lives, and tries to empower these individuals to become leaders in fighting racism, poverty and educational challenges.  Currently PRA is evaluating many BRIDGES programs: Ordinary to Extraordinary (O2E), College Corps Program, Bridge Builders: Connect! Collaborate! Change!, and a Capacity Building program.

Selected Completed Projects

The Multi-Service Agency Initiative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving was a 12-agency program to improve capacity in a variety of areas including management, board development, evaluation, IT, and marketing. PRA tracked each agency's progress in these areas and created regular reports on their achievements and sustainability.
To see published reports, click here

Westchester Community Foundation awarded five grants to promote capacity building in community-based sites across Westchester. Each of these sites offers different programs to the community.

The New York State Department of Health (The Office of Minority Health)
funded four community coalitions to address racial and ethnic health disparities. In an effort to build evaluation capacity within each coalition, PRA conducted an assets and needs assessment for each, and based on that assessment, conducted training workshops and technical assistance. At the end of the training, each coalition emerged with an evaluation manual including a logic model, data collection plans and timelines, and all the instruments needed to carry out the evaluation.

The Border Health Initiative (California Endowment)

brought together public health and non-governmental, community-based organizations to address locally defined health concerns. In addition to having a role on the evaluation team, PRA has also developed and delivered a four-session, evaluation capacity building workshop. The workshops were conducted in San Diego, Tijuana and Mexicali Mexico.

The California School Health Centers Association (CSHC)
promotes the health and academic success of children and youth by increasing access to the high quality health care and support services provided by school health centers. PRA assessed the capacity of the partnering school-based health centers to engage youth and the community in making policy changes. In doing so, PRA assisted CSHC in developing and administering tools to assess the communities' capacity in the areas of: 1) effective communications; 2) developing partnerships; 3) advocacy; and 4) community engagement.
To see published reports, click here

The Center for Community Solutions
in Cleveland, Ohio funded through Title X four interventions providing responsible sexual behavior curriculum to men in the Cleveland area.  They have partnered in this initiative with Family Planning Associates of Lorain County, the Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, Planned Parenthood of North East Ohio, and the Cleveland Municipal School District.  PRA served as the project evaluator at each of these sites and also provided evaluation training and capacity building workshops to each of the grantees.

The FIRST 5 Association of California
works to improve the lives of California's youngest children and their families through an effective, coordinated, and inclusive implementation of the California Children and Families Act at the local and state levels. PRA assessed the evaluation capacity of eleven northeast regional First 5 counties to collect, analyze, and report on process and outcome data.  PRA provided personalized technical assistance to develop evaluation capacity and developed tools to facilitate cross-county data collection and reporting.

The McCormick Foundation funded multiple programs each year in journalism leadership, training, first amendment freedoms, and other journalism issues. PRA created a common evaluation system for these projects and provided assistance for these programs for more than a decade and also built evaluation capacity among their funded agencies.

The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina is one of the largest schools of public health in the country and is consistently ranked as a top school.  The School asked Philliber Research Associates to create an evaluation design and all needed instruments for their multi-level program including the Gillings Innovation Laboratories, the Gillings Visiting Professorships, and the Carolina Public Health Solutions program intended to accelerate the public health impact of the school's work.  PRA's work included the creation of logic models for all the programs of the school and design of outcome measures.  PRA completed the project with the production of an evaluation manual for the school that included both process, medium term outcome, and longer-term outcomes measures for each key program area.

Matrix is a San Francisco organization that works to build agency capacity among groups of agencies seeking similar outcomes. PRA trained these agencies in evaluation through this program and maintained an evaluation system to measure changes in capacity among the agencies served by Matrix.

The O'Neill Foundation in Cleveland funds mulitiple projects each year in capacity building and other areas. PRA has worked with the Foundation to educate its board about evaluation and about measurement strategies for tracking increased capacity in their projects.

The Council on Accreditation
asked Philliber Research Associates to review the knowledge in organizational capacity and develop an instrument organizations could use to assess their capacity.

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