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Olivia Bruyn, MPH(c)
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Director of Learning & Community Impact

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Community Expansion Grantees Participate in May Capacity Building Workshop

Jun 2, 2022

On a beautiful Friday with the reservoir as a backdrop, the City of Philadelphia’s Community Expansion Grantee (CEG) anti-violence organizations gathered at the Discovery Center in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia. The room was abuzz with passionate people all committed to learning skills that will help them to better serve their communities and excitement to build deeper relationships with each other. 

The program began with a panel discussion featuring Dr. Howard Stevenson from the University of Pennsylvania and Eddie Bocanegra from the Department of Justice, moderated by Erica Atwood, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Criminal Justice and Public Safety for the City. Their discussion was powerful and real – the panelists validated the many challenges the grantees face in their communities. Dr. Stevenson acknowledged the critical importance of recognizing humanity in this work and using this truth as a launching point for change. 

Bocanegra, who has lived experience in the criminal justice system and has worked for decades to reduce violence in Chicago, shared his experience of using the skills he learned while in prison to build grassroots organizations that interrupt violence. Still, he talked about the trauma that is involved in anti-violence work, noting that he went to 24 funerals in his first year of work with Ceasefire. Bocanegra emphasized the importance of taking care of oneself and your staff. 

With these resonant ideas, the grantees moved into a session led by Drs. Samantha Matlin, Nadia Ward, and Derrick Gordon as well as graduate student Olivia Bruyn. In this session, grantees learned the critical components of developing a theory of change and the elements of a logic model. 

Organizations then had time to work on their logic models with help from the consultants. They worked diligently and thoughtfully, utilizing their skills to think about how their program activities would lead to specific outcomes in their communities. 

One participant thanked the facilitators for teaching about evaluation in a transparent and straightforward way.  It is our continued goal to make this work more doable with increased ownership of data practices by the organizations themselves.

Organizations will continue their capacity building and technical assistance coaching throughout the summer with the next full group workshop in September.