Learning and Development Services

Learning and Development Services

Based at the University of Pennsylvania, ImpactED has access to extensive infrastructure for program development and facilitation of adult learning. We also recognize that the participants in our programs know the most about their work and the context in which they operate. As a result, we don’t use a conventional approach to training (e.g., theory, lecture); instead, we believe that learning and development should be responsive to the needs and goals of participants in our programs.

Our learning and development services are customized to meet the needs of our participants. Trainings and programs build a collaborative community of practice, by providing opportunities for learners to interact and share experiences, promising practices, and challenges. They are grounded in key principles of instructional design and adult learning and provide leaders with strategies and accountability for institutionalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices.

See examples of our learning and development projects on our Featured Projects page.

Evaluation capacity-building services

Our evaluation capacity-building programs and workshops help organizations assess and strengthen their impact on the communities they serve by enhancing measurement and evaluation skills. Our supports are designed to provide targeted and collaborative opportunities for applied learning. They are offered in a hybrid format, with both online and in-person components, and are aligned to key elements of our evaluation framework.

Topic-specific workshops are for individuals or groups interested in learning more about a particular topic. While workshops typically focus on a particular dimension of learning and evaluation work, such as strategy, data collection and analysis, or data use, workshops can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group. Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Logic models/theory of change
  • Indicators/targets
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Data to action planning
  • Storytelling
  • Building/sustaining an organizational learning culture

Our workshop series offers individuals and groups an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic over the course of several weeks. These series typically include two to four learning sessions, each of which provides individual and peer learning opportunities. A workshop series is typically centered around one of the key elements of our evaluation framework, but similar to individual workshops, can be tailored to the needs of an individual or group:

  • Evaluation strategy
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Data use
  • Organizational context and culture

Organizations attend six group learning sessions on the following topics: logic models or theories of change, indicators, data collection, data analysis, building a data culture, and storytelling. Each of these learning sessions includes individual and peer learning opportunities. In addition, each group has access to individualized coaching support.

While individualized coaching support is a core element of the cohort-based experience, it is also a possible addition to any of the offerings described above. Once specific needs are identified, our coaches can provide targeted support for evaluation strategy, data collection and analysis, and data use.

Leadership development services

Our leadership development programs and workshops are deeply collaborative and in keeping with Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies’ mission, encouraging lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society. We offer customizable training programs that provide learners with the skills, confidence, and support they need to influence change in their organizations. They are offered in a hybrid format, with both online and in-person components.

Our DiverseForce On Boards program is designed to train professionals of color on board governance and to facilitate their placement on governing boards. Individuals attend group learning sessions drawing from board governance, leadership development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks. Each of these learning sessions includes individual and peer learning opportunities. The sessions are designed for participants to learn a comprehensive set of skills, develop in their personal leadership, and increase their social capital. We customize our services by implementing an individual assessment that allows our team to develop a clear understanding of an individual's unique leadership style. Our instructors are experts in their field and lead dynamic and interactive sessions on the following session topics:

  • Overview of nonprofit boards 
  • Legal roles and responsibilities  
  • Strategic planning and assessment
  • Finance and accounting fundamentals
  • Organizational fundraising
  • 21st century best practices and challenges

Our peer learning communities offer an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic(s) over the course of several weeks. The purpose of these communities is to provide a forum for leaders to share and learn from their peers. Leaders follow a process to clarify the topics to be discussed and engage in problem solving and solution generation.

Research and evaluation services
Research and evaluation services 

Learn more about the tools and practices we employ for using data to inform learning and action and how we incorporate equity into our evaluation practices.

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