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Program Evaluation

In 2006, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia became the first Jewish Federation in North America to establish a full-time evaluation and research department.  Now, programs Jewish Federation funds are required to have measurable goals to meet the expectations of Jewish Federation and its donors for transparency and accountability.

Every program that receives Jewish Federation funds is evaluated twice a year.  The process is collaborative:  as soon as the grant is made, Jewish Federation works with the grantee to develop an evaluation process and acts as evaluation consultant to the grantee in helping them measure their results.  Multiple methods of data collection are used, tailored to how each program operates and what Jewish Federation needs to know about it.  Programs in Israel and overseas are required to hire an external evaluator.  This structured research and evaluation process has been instrumental in helping Jewish Federation’s boards to make data-driven funding decisions.

Evaluation and Research Department staff also consults on all research studies that Jewish Federation develops.  This includes the 2009 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia.  The department also develops surveys and other tools for Jewish Federation’s internal use.

If you are a current Jewish Federation grantee seeking more information, click here.

The grant applications process for the 2015-16 program year is now closed.  If you have any questions about Jewish Federation funding, please contact Dr. Kelly Romirowsky at (215) 832-0508 or kromirowsky@jfgp.org.