January 5, 2018Policy Report

Case Study: Philadelphia

Local/ Local Government Fellows/ 2018/

philly-case-study-cover-pagePhiladelphia Develops Citywide Evaluation Model to Increase the Use and Impact of City Programs and Services

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In April 2016, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office jointly created a collaborative team called the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative with academic researchers. First, Philadelphia city staff identify enrollment and usage challenges within city programs and services. Then, the team connects department staff with suitable academic research partners to identify key service touch points and develop behavioral science-based evaluations. Finally, the evaluation findings help determine how to engage city residents in these programs and services more effectively and efficiently.