About this Initiative
Year Started: 
Social issue: 
Community Development,
Employment / Workforce Development
Initiative stage: 
Implementing and Sustaining Impact


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America (the), Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Initiative Purpose and Goals: 

The Free Library of Philadelphia and its partners will build on its current collective impact project, the Paschalville Partnership, by hiring local residents to conduct extensive community outreach among their neighbors, allowing the Partnership to better understand local needs and priorities and shape the evolution of this successful program. This initiative will enable the Free Library to achieve more authentic community engagement and evaluate its role as an effective community organization in catalyzing social change, and serve as a model for the library field.

The Partnership will spearhead a participatory, community-driven needs assessment of residents in Southwest Philadelphia. The Partnership will hire local residents to help design the needs assessment process, guide the selection of research tools that they believe will work best in their community, and conduct extensive community outreach among their neighbors. This community outreach process will allow the Partnership to plan its future work around the needs, interests, and priorities identified by those that live and work in the area surrounding the Paschalville Library.