Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health
Building Capacity for Evaluation Initiative

Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative 2016-2018 Cohort Announced

Congratulations to five organizations that will make up the 2016-2018 Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative Cohort!

This year the funding partners received applications from 61 organizations.  The applications received were from a diverse set of organizations, including but not limited to large health networks, innovative startups, educational and cultural organizations. Clearly, the demand for evaluation capacity building exceeds the current funding available.

Established in 2011, the Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative (BECI) has grown to become a funding partnership of The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Organizations selected to participate in BECI receive training and consultation in practical program evaluation skills to track program processes and outcomes, and learn to communicate effectively about evaluation and quality assurance data. The training and consultation includes: 

  • an overview of program evaluation and its use in organizations;
  • an introduction to logic models and their use in evaluation;
  • assistance to identify program evaluation needs, goals, methods, and measures most appropriate for their program; and
  • support for identifying organizational capacities and barriers to program evaluation capacity and sustainability. 

During the first two years (Fall 2016-Late Summer 2018) of the program, organizations will be provided with a combination of group training and individual consultation as follows:

  • group training of four half-days with up to three staff per organization in the Fall, Winter, and Spring
  • individual consultation and technical assistance throughout the year for up to eight staff to supplement group sessions for a total of three individual sessions of up to two hours each per organization
  • ongoing phone and email consultation tailored to individual organization needs
  • a combination of two group trainings and three individual on-site consultations in the second year

Upon completion of the first two years, the selected organizations have the opportunity to join the Greater Philadelphia Evaluation Learning Collaborative. Organizations can participate through attendance at monthly webinar trainings and consultation or through direct phone or email contact for assistance. The flexibility of the monthly format combines a didactic presentation with an open forum for consultation and resource sharing, providing a useful balance participants with varying needs. In addition, all webinar materials are maintained in a password protected Dropbox folder which Collaborative members are able to access as needed. 

Download the BECI Annual Report to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions about BECI

Does my organization receive any money to participate?          

No, participating organizations receive the consultation and the technical assistance from The Consultation Center at Yale University.

Who can apply?

This year’s cohort will be open to organizations that support arts and culture, education, physical health and wellness, human services, and behavioral health.

Can current grantees of The Scattergood Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and/or the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey apply for this initiative?


Can non-grantees of The Scattergood Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and/or the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey apply?


Does applying for this initiative make my organization ineligible for other funding/support from The Scattergood Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and/or the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey?


What is the dealine to apply?

Please email completed applications by 5:00pm on Friday, August 12, 2016 to Alyson Ferguson at: . Applicants will be notified of the award decision by September 13, 2016

Who is The Consultation Center Team from Yale University?

Dr. Jacob Tebes, the team leader and a clinical/community psychologist, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study Center, and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine; Director of the Yale Division of Prevention and Community Research; and Director of The Consultation Center.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience as an evaluator, researcher, and consultant who has worked with numerous community-based organizations and with federal, state, and municipal agencies. His work has focused on vulnerable populations in under-resourced communities, individuals in recovery from addiction and/or mental illness, and at risk children and families.

Dr. Cindy Crusto is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and Director of Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center.  A clinical/community psychologist, Dr. Crusto has more than 15 years experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance in evaluation to community-based organizations, and in children exposed to violence.

Ms. Amy Griffin, is a Senior Evaluation Consultant at The Consultation Center with more than 12 years experience evaluating community-based programs at the local, state, and national levels. She has extensive experience in providing technical assistance and training to state departments and community-based organizations, and her evaluation-related expertise includes participatory and democratic evaluation methods as well as ecological measurement strategies.  

Ms. Elizabeth Grim is an Evaluation Consultant at The Consultation Center with more than 6 years of experience evaluating community-based programs and conducting community-based research. She is passionate about using data to strengthen organizations and communities, and has expertise in providing training and technical assistance to community-based organizations, data visualization, and policy analysis. Elizabeth has a background in public health and social work with a focus on the social determinants of health, including housing, homelessness, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education.

Dr. Samantha Matlin, a clinical/community psychologist, is the Director of Evaluation and Community Impact at the Scattergood Foundation and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and an evaluation consultant at The Consultation Center.  In her role, she provides training and consultation to build evaluation capacity in community-based organizations and city and state agencies.  She is currently working with the Pottstown School District in their trauma-informed community initiative.  She is the former Special Advisor to the Commissioner at the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.  She is committed to learning how contextual factors (such as neighborhood support, violence, trauma, and poverty) contribute to health and the interventions we can do to improve the health status of communities. 

Ms. Maegan Genovese is a Research Associate at The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine, with more than 12 years of experience managing data-related tasks for evaluation and research initiatives. She has expertise in electronic data collection, data management and analysis, and data-related training and technical assistance to staff and volunteers, and has worked in a variety of systems, including child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, health, education, and social services.   


Why do we have to share information about the populations served?

The organizational questions are not considered in the application process. This information helps to identify specific information about the need and demand for evaluation services. It also helps the Foundations track what organizations and populations are benefiting from this program.

What organizations have participated in this program?

  • 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
  • Mercer Street Friends – West Ward Alliance
  • Northern Children’s Services
  • Broad Street Ministry
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Health Federation of Philadelphia
  • Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA
  • Pathway to Housing PA
  • Project H.O.M.E.
  • COMHAR Children’s Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services
  • JEVS Human Services
  • Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative
  • Philadelphia Horticulture Society
  • Turning Points for Children 
  • Center for Families and Relationships
  • Lutheran Settlement House
  • Nationality Services Center
  • Northeast Community Mental Health Center
  • Public Interest Law Center
  • Resources for Human Development
  • ACHIEVEability
  • Art Sanctuary
  • Bancroft 
  • Episcopal Community Services
  • Free Library of Philadelphia
  • La Comunidad Hispana
  • Need in Deed
  • Scribe Video Center
  • Smith Memorial Playground
  • The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania
  • Welcoming Center

Will there be an opportunity to apply for this initiative again?

BECI is now in its fifth year and we hope to continue to provide this opportunity for organizations in the future. If your organization is not selected for this year's cohort, you are welcome to reapply next year. 

Who reviews the application?

The evaluation team from The Consultation Center at Yale University reviews all applications.

What criteria are the applications judged against?

  • Overall quality of the application.
  • The expected impact of the award on the individual program’s evaluation capacity.
  • The expected impact of the award on the entire organization’s evaluation capacity.
  • The expected impact of the award on the broader community and/or field.

Who do I contact if I have question about the program?

Alyson Ferguson via email at