PILOT PERIOD (8/96 Ė 7/98) REPORT - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
by Dr. Anita Baker, Evaluation Partner
The Rochester Effectiveness Partnership (REP) began as a two-year pilot, participatory evaluation project involving funders, evaluators, non-profit human service agencies, and other organizations seeking to determine and improve the effectiveness of their work. REP began in 1996 because a group of collaborators including the Bruner Foundation, Rochester Grantmakers Forum, the Advertising Council of Rochester, the City of Rochester, United Way of Greater Rochester and Anita Baker, a professional evaluator, all believed that helping non-profit and funding organizations conduct and use program evaluation data was an important capacity-building strategy.
The REP pilot project focused on two main goals:
(1) educating all partners about effectiveness and evaluation; and
(2) contributing to the efforts of a Northeast Rochester neighborhood to strengthen families.
Pilot partners included: Provider Partners--Action for a Better Community, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley, Lewis Street Center, and Planned Parenthood of Rochester and Genesee Valley; Funding Partners--Bruner Foundation, Frontier Corporation, Halcyon Hill Foundation, Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation; Assisting Partners--Advertising Council of Rochester, City of Rochester, United Way of Greater Rochester; Administrative Partner--Rochester Grantmakers Forum; Evaluation Partner--Anita Baker.
Summary of Accomplishments and Lessons Learned
The REP pilot met its preliminary goals, producing positive outcomes for its partner organizations . and more limited outcomes for the target neighborhood. Five key lessons were learned during the pilot:
These five lessons were the crux of REP learning and have applications beyond the Rochester community. They will also guide the project during the second phase of REP.
While evaluation of REP (conducted by all partners in an effort to model participatory evaluation) showed that REP met its original goals and produced outcomes for multiple participants, it also revealed ongoing challenges.
Phase 2 Plans
REP has identified a critical niche in the Rochester community that was not being filled: providing in-depth, high-quality training followed by consistent coaching that is enduring enough to result in significant practice changes for funders and service providers. REP enables funders, providers and evaluation professionals to work together as partners in a unique manner. Based on REPís pilot results and other relevant input, Phase 2 focuses on the following goals:
Phase 2 activities (August 1998 - June 2000) will include the following. Associated costs are projected to total $180,000 (about the same as the two-year pilot).
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