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A Moment of Celebration: The RISE Partnership Program Continues to Grow

Jul 16, 2021

The last eighteen months have without a doubt been an anomaly. During our time indoors, we reflected, processed, and redefined our relationship with the outside world. Many of us have transitioned to days filled with online meetings, virtual programming, and greenscreen backgrounds. During this shift, the RISE Partnership has witnessed continued growth and perseverance from our cohort members. As we continue on this road to recovery and transformation, we’d like to reserve moments for joy and celebration.

RISE Implementation Cohort Graduates

RISE is pleased to announce the graduation of the program’s inaugural Implementation cohort. Over the last two years, 15 organizations strengthened their capacity to collect, use, and apply data to deliver stronger results to impact the lives of young people. Successful completion of the Implementation component included developing core competencies in evaluation fundamentals, working with qualitative and quantitative data, and using data to communicate findings effectively.

Participating organizations presented their highlights and learnings from the program during our virtual graduation and outlined expectations for the future. Organizations continuing this work will join the RISE’s Sustainability component – a robust network consisting of over 100 alumni organizations.

Third RISE Readiness Cohort Completes Training

Earlier this year, RISE also invited 14 organizations to participate in its third Readiness component. This year’s cohort includes organizations with missions ranging from providing young girls with trauma-informed spaces and freedom to nurture their creative gifts to equipping journalists reporting on gun violence with best practices to help mitigate harm. Together, these organizations gained resources for internal evaluation capacity building and performance management to better support constituents of the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. Each participating organization received eight hours of group training, access to a vibrant online learning community, and individual consultation training, including tailored resources for continued learning and skill development. Upon successful completion of the Readiness component, these organizations will join the other 44 organizations that have completed Readiness since 2019.

The RISE Partnership is supported by a collaborative of funders that includes the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The Scattergood Foundation, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Campbell Soup Foundation, The Horner Foundation, the Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, and The Grace S. and W. Linton Nelson Foundation. Training and consultation is provided through YaleEval, The Consultation Center at Yale, and the Scattergood Foundation.

Want to learn more about the fundamentals of evaluation? Watch the first RISE video tutorial in the Building Evaluation Capacity series.

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We thank Oleander Furman for her contribution to this piece.