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Many grantmakers commission and produce studies that help inform not only their own philanthropy but also educate fellow funders, nonprofit partners, policy makers, the media and others on a wide variety of topics. 

Below is a listing of recent reports issued by or produced with the support of Philanthropy Network members.


Assessing the Community College of Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Research Initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts (June 2015)
This new report  examines the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and its effectiveness in helping Philadelphians attain higher education and marketable job skills. Although the college produced a record number of graduates in the 2013-14 academic year, our study finds that the school has had mixed success overall since 2008.

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Your Way Home Montgomery County: Assessment of Achievements and Opportunities for Greater Impact
By Katharine Gale (May 2015)

Presents findings and recommendations to inform Your Way Home Montgomery County’s collective efforts to improve services, enhance impact, and strengthen and enhance community partnerships. Two critical areas cited for improvement are: 1) create a more uniform experience for all Housing Resource Center clients across the county; and 2) align service prioritization to the most vulnerable with additional training on progressive engagement. In addition, the report encourages all stakeholders to utilize data to inform decision-making and recommends expanded engagement with landlords, emergency shelter providers and community partners. 

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Capitalization, Scale, and Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain? A Study of Philadelphia’s Arts and Culture Sector 2007 to 2011
Prepared by TDC for the William Penn Foundation

In this follow-up study to the groundbreaking Getting Beyond Breakeven, the William Penn Foundation engaged TDC to conduct a financial analysis of a sample of arts and culture organizations in Greater Philadelphia, looking closely at any change over time and the effect of growth on organizations’ financial health. The study found that while financial weakness remains a challenge for organizations, the context in which they are operating has changed: competition has increased and the markets for audience and philanthropic support are rapidly shifting. Furthermore, this report confronts the fact that in the absence of other metrics for success, many organizations have chased growth and grown weaker as a result.

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One City, Two Systems of Schools
Prepared by the Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners - a partner organization of PSP (December 2014)
This report uses newly released data to shed light on wide disparities in the performance of public schools in Philadelphia. Among other findings, the report shows that despite serving similar student populations, some schools are three times more likely to prepare students to read and do math on grade level than others. In addition, only 0.7 percent of seniors - a mere 17 students - in the city’s lowest performing high schools are college-ready according to ACT and SAT scores.

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2014 Portfolio
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (October 2014)
This latest report  is the Alliance’s largest analysis of Greater Philadelphia's arts sector to date, covering the activities of 473 cultural groups and trend data from 298 organizations covering 2009 to 2012. The 2014 Portfolio uncovers new evidence of the significant impact arts and culture has in driving the local economy, and reveals findings on how cultural organizations are beginning to recover from the Great Recession. The report also identifies and tracks the performance of a distinct set of organizations which are recovering more quickly, managing to navigate the aftermath of the recession while increasing paid attendance, expanding spending and balancing budgets.


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Reentry to Workforce Partnership: A Case Study
Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (September 2014)

This case study follows the evolution of Roots to Reentry (R2R), a workforce training program launched in 2010 that grew out of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society City Harvest program - a hands-on horticulture and landscape skills program that works with inmates in the Alternative and Special Detention (ASD) division of the Philadelphia Prison System. After four years, the R2R program became the Reentry to Workforce (RTW) partnership, reflecting a new group of partners and a new collective approach.

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Critical Steps Toward Capital Health in the Cultural Sector
Nonprofit Finance Fund (June 2014)
This practical guide from offers cultural organizations and their supporters a set of action-oriented tips for strengthening capitalization in ways essential to artistic and organizational resiliency.

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Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from Greater Philadelphia
Commissioned by the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders and produced by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (March 2014)
This guide identifies three key strategies for donors who seek to impact childhood obesity: start early, increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, and enable healthy choices in both eating and physical activity. Supported by a grant from the Convergence Partnership for Healthy People, Healthy Places.

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Philadelphia's Changing Middle Class: After a Decade of Decline, Prospects for Growth  
Produced by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative (February 2014)
This new research report from Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative shows that the city's middle class has essentially stabilized in the past decade after a period of prolonged decline. Based on an analysis of current and past data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report illuminates some of the challenges for Philadelphia, operating in a climate of budget cutbacks and tax fatigue, to maintain and grow its middle-class population without shortchanging the needs of lower-income residents.

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