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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commision;
This study examines the potential for passenger rail service at the Philadelphia Zoo. The report includes a synthesis of previous planning studies, concepts for five future scenarios, and ridership forecasts using the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Regional Travel Demand Model.
Consortium for Policy Research in Education;
The report details a two-year exploratory, mixed-methods research study on the disciplinary practices and climate of schools serving Kâ8 students in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Findings reveal that SDP schools are making efforts to reduce suspensions and improve climate, but critical barriers to these efforts include resource limitations and philosophical misalignments between teachers and school leaders. The study identified three profiles among SDP schools serving Kâ8 students based on information about disciplinary practices and climate, and found that these profiles are predictive of suspension and academic outcomes. Students attending schools with collaborative climates and less punitive approaches to discipline have lower risk of being suspended and better academic outcomes. The report offers a series of recommendations for strengthening the implementation of climate initiatives, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), in challenging urban settings.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
This bulletin provides an annual snapshot of road safety in Philadelphia. It highlights and compares trends at the state, county, and local levels. This document complements the 2013 Annual Crash Data Bulletin for the Delaware Valley (DVRPC Publication #15023) and is a supplement to the 2015 Transportation Safety Action Plan: Improving Transportation Safety in the Delaware Valley (DVRPC Publication #15022). Analysis in this document was derived from the PennDOT crash database unless otherwise noted.
The Pew Charitable Trusts;
Highlights The Philadelphia Program, which is designed to sustain the richness and diversity of the region's artists and cultural groups.
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work;
Evaluation of the 1997 William Penn Foundation initiative, Culture Builds Community, which sought to link the foundation's commitments to urban communities and to the arts and culture in the Philadelphia region.
William Penn Foundation;
Summarizes an evaluation of the Culture Builds Communities initiative, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.
Nonprofit Finance Fund;
Analyzes the space and capacity building needs of the Philadelphia dance community. Prepared by AEA Consulting.
Technical Development Corp (TDC);
This study, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation, examines the state of Philadelphia's arts and culture sector.The study is divided into two major sections: trends in the greater Philadelphia ecosystem and assessing investments toward growth.
Bob Harlow Research and Consulting;
This case study examines how The Clay Studio, a ceramic-arts studio, gallery and shop in Philadelphia, attracted younger audiences to its workshops and exhibits. In 2007, the studio became concerned that its audience was getting older and few newcomers were signing up for classes or making purchases. The studio then sought to engage younger professionals ages 25 to 45. Audience research helped identify elements of activities that could attract younger professionals, including flexible schedules, shorter courses and the ability to socialize. The studio therefore added new experiences such as "Date Night," a Friday evening event where novices could experiment with clay in an informal environment. It also redesigned its website and print materials to emphasize the visitor experience rather than the skills participants might learn.Five years later, the number of students taking classes tripled and revenue from the school more than doubled. Monthly workshops regularly sell out, and many newcomers have gone on to take longer classes.But challenges remain. The organization must now balance the needs and desires of long-time students and collectors, who want to see the more serious side of Clay, with those of the newcomers, many of whom prefer a more social, informal experience.This publication is part of a set of case studies and reports looking at the efforts of arts organizations that received Wallace Excellence Awards to reach new audiences and deepen relationships with current ones. In three accompanying videos, Clay Studio president Chris Taylor and Magda Martinez, the program director of Fleisher Art Memorial, another Philadelphia arts organization that received a Wallace Excellence Award, discuss their audience-building efforts.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance;
This report provides a snapshot of the financial and programmatic health of Philadelphia's nonprofit cultural organizations. It also examines recession-period trend data for 276 organizations to understand the economic downturn's impact on regional cultural groups. Includes a glossary. With bibliographical references.