Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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Mustering the Armies of Compassion in Philadelphia

February 5, 2002

The role of faith-based organizations in meeting the most pressing needs in America's poorest neighborhoods has been the subject of national debate over the past several years. However, few reports have carefully examined these organizations' performance. Mustering the Armies of Compassion in Philadelphia takes a detailed look at a group of faith-based organizations running a literacy program, Youth Education for Tomorrow (YET). Mustering examines the programs' start-up, relatively consistent classroom results, and their many reactions to partnership with a secular organization. Ultimately, the YET Center program shows that with a clear model and sufficient support and oversight, a large and diverse group of independent faith-based organizations can collectively provide a demonstrably effective service.

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