Nonprofit Effectiveness Study in Southwestern Pennsylvania

GWP Members Only Program
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm EST
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Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) is pleased to welcome back data scientist Pete York to present findings of the nonprofit effectiveness study and to lead funders in a data-driven discussion addressing community well-being, capacity building needs, and inequities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The study seeks to assess local and regional, small to mid-sized nonprofit effectiveness and its impact on communities through the use of machine learning and big data from nonprofit IRS 990s, foundation and government funding, zip code level economic data, and population demographics. It also proves that nonprofits engaging in capacity building improve their effectiveness more than those that do not. There is however, one disturbing finding from the study: communities of color are significantly less likely to have access to effective nonprofits, in part because organizations closest to communities with the greatest need receive less funding and capacity building support.

While this information will be useful for all parties who are concerned about nonprofit effectiveness, PACE intends to use the study results to guide its development of future programs and services for small to mid-sized community-based nonprofit organizations serving African-American and other marginalized communities.

This is a two-part presentation. The first 30 minutes will be a presentation of the findings, and the last 60 minutes will be a more interactive session to "make meaning" out of the data and to discuss implications. Please join PACE, GWP and the project advisors: The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, The Forbes Funds, and the POISE Foundation for this presentation of the study.

This will be offered as a virtual meeting. Connection details will be shared after registration.

About the Consultant:

Pete York is Principal at BCT Partners. He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the evaluation and nonprofit fields, and is a national spokesperson for social impact and impact measurement issues. He has spent the last seven years developing analytic techniques that leverage machine learning algorithms and big data to create predictive, prescriptive and rigorous evaluation models and tools for social change agents in many fields. York recently co-authored a paper supported by The Rockefeller Foundation entitled, “Measuring results and impact in the age of big data: The nexus of evaluation, analytics, and digital technology”, and a peer-reviewed article in the journal Children and Youth Services Review, entitled,"Predictive and prescriptive analytics, machine learning and child welfare risk assessment: The Broward County experience." He also co-authored a book chapter, “The Application of Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning to Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: The Florida Experience.” He has designed and led numerous research and evaluation studies with private philanthropies, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. He has authored book chapters, academic and professional articles, and a book on the topic of evaluation – “Funder's Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness”. He is a popular speaker on evaluation, capacity building and data science/analytics, presenting regularly at national and regional conferences throughout the U.S. He was the principal designer of nationally-recognized assessment tools and automated, data-driven evaluation tools like the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), the Service Enterprise Diagnostic (SED), the impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT), and the Youth Development impact Learning System (YDiLS). Mr. York has served as an advisor, member or board member of social impact groups such as the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, Reimagining Service/Presidio Institute, Data Analyst for Social Good, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the Social Innovation Fund. York has recently become a Leap Ambassador, a private community of nonprofit thought leaders who are committed to the adoption of high performance in the nonprofit sector.

About PACE:

One of Pittsburgh’s oldest African American led and governed organizations, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE), a partner agency of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is a nonprofit funder and management support organization formed 52-years ago. PACE’s mission is to advance a more equitable community by increasing the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations that challenge injustice.

We are committed to making GWP programs accessible to all members. If you have questions, or if an accommodation would be helpful to fully participate in this program, please reach out to Paula or call 412-471-6488 and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.