Peter York is Senior Partner and Chief Research and Learning Officer at TCC Group. York specializes in: designing and implementing evaluations of foundation-supported multi-site initiatives, community building initiatives and social programs; conducting strategic reviews of best practices to inform the development and implementation of foundation grantmaking strategies; and providing technical assistance to grantees around evaluation, program design and strategic planning. A current focus of York’s work is on assisting private foundations, corporations and nonprofit organizations with developing and using “evaluative learning” approaches, designs, methods and tools that can best answer, in a formative manner, the questions “what works” and “why?”.
At the firm, York leads the firm’s evaluation work with private and corporate philanthropies, and nonprofit organizations. Recent work includes facilitating evaluation capacity building for grantee organizations for funders like GAP Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Weingart Foundation, The OneStar Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the California Endowment. He also designed “evaluative learning” systems for organizations like the Philadelphia Zoo, grantee organizations of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Sun Valley United Way, and the New York Boys Club. He lead, designed, and conducted cluster evaluations of foundation-developed program initiatives like the Wachovia Foundation’s Teachers and Teaching Initiative, the Deaconess Foundation’s Impact Partnership initiative, and the Flint Funders’ Collaborative’s (Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the United Way of Genesee County) “BEST” capacity building initiative, and also lead the development of cost-effective evaluative learning tools such as the Core Capacity Assessment Tool.
York has conducted numerous presentations and workshops throughout the country to funders and nonprofit leaders on the topic of evaluation, and written reports and articles about evaluation approaches and substantive lessons learned. York is currently acting as an evaluator on New York City’s Civic Corp volunteer program and assisting in the development of strategies for addressing volunteer service for the President’s national Reimagining Service Task Force. He also serves on the board of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and the Alliance for Effective Social Investing. He conducted his graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration and is “all but dissertation” in his Ph.D. work.