Public/Private Ventures

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Public-private-ventures
Headquarters Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 1978


Mission: Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.


Tags: national, workforce development, research, resource services, technical assistance, policy, program development, program evaluation, 2010


Public-private-ventures
Story: In 1978, P/PV was created by the Ford Foundation and the US Department of Labor to bring together the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to address the needs of disadvantaged young people. The organization's initial work focused on evaluating and… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Public Private Ventures is heralded for their research, evaluation, training, and policy advocacy within the workforce development field. Their research has compelled other organizations to be more efficient and more impactful in their practices and programming.
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Leadership
Public-private-ventures Nadya Shmavonian. Ms. Shmavonian began her tenure as President of Public/Private Ventures in January 2010. Prior to joining P/PV, she worked as an independent consultant, providing strategic direction and counsel to many private foundations and a broad array of local, national and international nonprofit organizations. She has extensive foundation management experience, most recently having served as vice president for strategy at the… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
webmaster AT ppv.org
Phone:
215-557-4400
Facebook:
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Address:
2000 Market St.Ste 600
 
Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA


Public-private-ventures Story: In 1978, P/PV was created by the Ford Foundation and the US Department of Labor to bring together the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to address the needs of disadvantaged young people. The organization's initial work focused on evaluating and creating strategies to connect these youth to education and jobs. Its work now focuses on a wide range of social issues, including community health, youth development, faith-based initiatives, sectoral employment, mentoring, after-school programs, youth violence, and prisoner reentry. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public/Private_Ventures)

Expert Reviews of Public/Private Ventures

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Public Private Ventures is heralded for their research, evaluation, training, and policy advocacy within the workforce development field. Their research has compelled other organizations to be more efficient and more impactful in their practices and programming.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

They receive praise for the quality of their research as well as the efficacy of their communications and advocacy.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts cited differing opportunities for improvement including program integration, evaluation methods, and marketing.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Impact

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They have improved the outcomes of workforce practitioners based on their evidence of what works.
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I find their research to be very useful in identifying best practices. I also really like the benchmarking project.
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This is a national organization that is dedicated to providing training, policy analysis, and by doing so, helps assist in raising the standards for workforce professionals, and enhancing best practices.
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They do outstanding work (Job Training That Works: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study) evaluating the impact of sectoral training initiatives as a pathway for low-income adults. Their work has shaped program development and state and federal policy. It is regularly referenced by White House domestic policy staff.
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They offer good data with stories to back up findings.
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They have conducted and published results the random assignment evaluation of sectoral workforce development programs that demonstrate effectiveness. Their training and technical assistance for the field are also signs of impact.
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They have created a body of knowledge about effective approaches to securing employment for low income/other vulnerable populations.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Staff & Marketing

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They have a very experienced staff, well financed organization, marketing, and their publication materials are impressive.

Staff

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I think the staff there is strong and the quality of their work is strong.

Research

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Their research on best practices is unparalleled.
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They provide relevant information about timely issues.
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They provide invaluable research and focus on workforce issues.

Evaluation

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They have a strong focus on evaluation and replication as well as a strong, knowledgeable, and experienced staff.

Communications & Advocacy

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They have a strong communications arm that is good at communicating lessons learned about workforce development via research to the field, policymakers, and the public at large. They host some of the best trainings I've been to.

Reputation & Operations

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Their reputation, reach, and tools/products are strengths.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Program Design

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I would suggest they add to their hands-on consulting experience which we have found very valuable to grantees.

Marketing

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Marketing and communications could be improved.

Integration

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I think that they are working across too many issues areas. Stakeholders tend to know them through the area of work they engage with but don't have a comprehensive picture of what the organization does.

Evaluation

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They should ensure clients employ the strongest (most rigorous) evaluation/assessment models possible given their level of maturity/funding constraints (i.e. don't let clients get away with just descriptive studies if stronger models are available to them).


Leadership

Public-private-ventures
Nadya Shmavonian
President
Ms. Shmavonian began her tenure as President of Public/Private Ventures in January 2010. Prior to joining P/PV, she worked as an independent consultant, providing strategic direction and counsel to many private foundations and a broad array of local, national and international nonprofit organizations. She has extensive foundation management experience, most recently having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation. In that role, she helped oversee a dramatic reframing of the Foundation's programmatic and operating approach, readying Rockefeller to meet new challenges of the 21st century. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she worked as executive vice president, following several years as a director of administration and a program officer in health and human services. Between these executive leadership roles, she served as an independent consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations in the areas of management consulting and executive coaching, strategic planning and evaluation, leadership and organizational development, meeting facilitation, infrastructure development, human resources management and program design. Before joining the foundation community, she worked in the health sector, as well as overseas in humanitarian relief, both of which she continued to address during the 23 years she spent in and around philanthropy. Ms. Shmavonian currently serves as one of the first two nonfamily members of the Surdna Foundation Board, on the Board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and on the Board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a joint partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations). She also serves as an Advisory Board member to the National Philanthropic Trust and to the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Shmavonian holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. in healthcare management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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