Strategic Planning and Evaluation for Transformational Change

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Organization:

Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia

City:

Philadelphia

State:

Pennsylvania

Organization Overview:

The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is a nonprofit victim service agency that was founded nearly 40 years ago as a support group for families who had lost a loved one to murder.  Today, AVP serves over 3,000 co-victims of homicide and victims of violence annually in
Philadelphia.  Guided by its mission to end the cycle of violence in Philadelphia, AVP provides a range of critical intervention, prevention, advocacy, and support services that are free of cost, including court accompaniments, violence prevention training for children and adults, and grief support and counseling services for victims and co-victims.


Project Name:

Strategic Planning and Evaluation for Transformational Change
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan; Marketing/Fundraising Plan

Project Overview:

AVP is currently undergoing an organizational transition.  After the recent departures of several leaders, AVP, for the first time in its history, is being led by an all-BIPOC Board of Directors and Interim Executive Director (a Fels alumna).  We are currently endeavoring to re-design AVP’s strategies, structures, systems, processes, and practices to transform AVP’s culture, quality of services, and role within the community.  Our goal is to become a trusted, trauma-informed, anti-racist, and inclusive organization.

To support this endeavor, AVP is currently preparing to commence its strategic planning process to guide our work for 2021-2024. A Fels student would work alongside the Interim Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors to help develop a strategic plan that reflects our organization’s new vision, values, goals, and objectives.  Complementary to the strategic plan, AVP is also conducting an evaluation of its three programs to ensure our programs are culturally competent and responsive to the needs of those we serve.

Our hope is that this work will also help AVP better position itself to diversify its funding, to alleviate the existing pressure of being largely federally-funded.

Deliverable(s):

(1)  Organizational diagnosis and assessment report – The student will conduct an organizational diagnosis and assessment, the findings of which will be submitted as a report to the Interim Executive Director and Board of Directors. The report should include an analysis of the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis); a recommended change management model; balance scorecard with key performance indicators (KPIs) for organization-wide monitoring and evaluation; logic models; and a proposed timeline.

(2)  Four-year strategic plan – The four-year strategic plan for 2021-2024 should be developed per the findings and recommendations of the organizational diagnosis and assessment.

Further, the student will be expected to present their deliverables to the Board of Directors and Interim Executive Director.


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