Rochester Effectiveness Partnership
LESSONS :: PARTNERS :: RESOURCES :: EVALUATIONS
REP was a project committed to active partnership that included multiple voices. Between 1996 and 2003, 166 individuals including 2 evaluation partners, 32 social service provider organizations and 13 funding and 2 support organizations were part of the REP experience.
Throughout the the initiative, REP partners remained committed to four overarching principles:
The partners believed that:
- the pooling of funds from a variety of public and private philannthropic sources, in varying amounts, would make the initiative stronger
- each participating funder and social service provider organization would have an equal voice in the partnership - one organization/one vote
- taking time and investing dollars in administrative aspects of the collaborative including meetings, communication and logistics would have a long-term benefit
REP was designed to:
- systematically build capacity to and use evaluation. Partners were exposed to a rigorous curriculum and expected to complete actual evaluation studies
- foster the improvement of programs so that clients could benefit in demonstrable ways
- teach organizations to be better consumers of evaluation studies
REP tackled tough issues and vowed not only to make changes in the partnership based on data, but also to speak and write about the project
The partnership developed logic models and outcome measures in order to evaluate each phase
Click here for a full listing of REP and ETHOS partners.
- A team of up to 4 trainees from each nonprofit organization participated in REP. The project began with Class 1 in 1997. Classes were added as the project expanded.
- Most service provider organizations were medium or small in terms of budget (up to $5 million) and staff size (25 or fewer full time equivalents). Regardless of overall organization size, only a small team and representatives of only one or two actual programs participated in the REP training.
Click here for a full listing of REP training participants.
- Bruner Foundation www.brunerfoundation.org
- City of Rochester www.ci.rochester.ny.us
- Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation www.dmjf.org
- Frontier Corporation (Phase 1 Only) www.frontiercorp.com
- Golisano Foundation www.golisanofoundation.org
- Halcyon Hill Foundation www.hhf.org
- Monroe County (Dept. of Social Services, Office of Aging, Youth Bureau www.co.monroe.ny.us
- Rochester Americorps (associate) www.monroecc.edu/depts/americorps
- Rochester Area Community Foundation www.racf.org
- Seligman Family Fund (associate) www.seligman.com/public/general/index.html
- Peter C. and Elizabeth Tower Foundation rin.buffalo.edu/s_fina/foun/tower.html
- United Way of Greater Rochester www.uwrochester.org
- Wegmans Food Markets www.wegmans.com
- The Rochester Grantmakers Forum provided all administrative support for the initiative. This included financial accountability and management, scheduling and internal communications.
- Rochester Grantmakers Forum www.grantmakers.org
- The Advertising Council of Rochester provided communications support for community and national presentations as well as development of an informational brochure.
- Advertising Council of Rochester www.adcouncilroch.org
- Anita M. Baker, Ed.D.
(Classes 1,2,3 and 5 [coaching] Alumni Study Groups, Funders Study Groups,
Executive Team, CEO Training)
- Kimberly J. Sabo, Ph.D.
(Classes 4,5 [initial training], 6 and 7, Executive Team, CEO Training)