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Robert L. Fischer, PhD

Research Professor


PhD, Vanderbilt University
MPP, Vanderbilt University
AB, Duke University

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
216/368-2711
fischer@case.edu

About

Robert L. Fischer is a Research Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University. He is also Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS, and leads the Center’s efforts in regard to evaluation research. Dr. Fischer leads a range of evaluation research studies and teaches evaluation methods to students in social science administration and nonprofit management. Since 2001 he has led the Center’s research on Invest in Children, a county-wide early childhood initiative that includes home visiting, children’s health, and childcare components.Dr. Fischer is also faculty director of the Masters of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree program at MSASS.
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Course List

MAND 410 Quantitative Analysis for Nonprofit LeadersMAND 422 Organizational Assessment & Program Evaluation in Nonprofit OrganizationsMAND 444 Program Design for Nonprofit Organizations

Affiliations

Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development — http://povertycenter.case.edu
Program Faculty, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations — www.case.edu/mandelcenter/
Board President, Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group — www.opeg.org
Faculty Associate, Schubert Center for Child Studies — www.case.edu/artsci/schubert/

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

mandel center webRobert L. Fischer, Ph.D is Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.. | Read More |


Recent Publications

Collins, C. C., Fischer, R. L., & Lalich, N. (in press). Enhancing child care for children with special needs through technical assistance. The Journal of Family Strengths. Accepted December 2013.

Small, M., Fischer, R. L., Berner, L., & Cooper-Lewter, S. (2014). Support for Sister-affiliated ministries during challenging times: Understanding a foundation initiative in two regions. Foundation Review, 5(4), 14-25.

Chaidez-Gutierrez, F., & Fischer, R. L. (2013). Reflecting on grantee accountability to funders: Exploring power dynamics with grassroots organizations in communities of color. Journal of Community Practice, 21. 304-326.

Roudebush, M. M., Fischer, R. L., & Brudney, J. L. (2013). Adding assets to needs:  Creating a community data landscape. Journal for Nonprofit Management, 15(2), 5-18.

Chelimsky, T. C, Fischer, R. L., Levin, J., Cheren, M., Marsh, S., & Janata, J. (2013). The Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP): Outcomes of a model for community-based training and support. Clinical Journal of Pain. Publication ahead of print at The Clinical Journal of Pain.

Fischer, R. L., Peterson, L., Bhatta, T. R., & Coulton, C. (2013). Getting ready for school: Piloting universal pre-kindergarten in an urban county. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 18(2), 128-140.

Fischer, R. L., & Murphy, M. A, (2013). The harvest of ministry: Exploring the ministry of women religious in Cleveland. Journal of Religion and Society, 15,1-15.

Recent Presentations

Fischer, R. L., Brudney, J., & Roudebush, M. (2013). Expectations and experience:  The adoption and use of community data systems. Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Hartford, CT. November.

Foreman, K., Fischer, R., Greenberg, S., & Berges, M. (2013) Deep Green and Healthy Homes- Occupant Interview Study: The role of occupant behavior in achieving energy reductions and improved indoor air quality in affordable housing. Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Cleveland, OH. November.

Fischer, R. L. (2013). Upfront evaluation planning. Swanston Fund Innovations Conference. Youngstown, OH. November.

Fischer, R. L., & Coulton, C. (2013). Using integrated data to assess and monitor a community initiative on child well-being. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC. October.

Fischer, R. L., Coulton, C., & Kim, S. J. (2013). How partnerships with higher education help your state agency use early childhood data for decision-making. Invited presentation. Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference. Washington, DC. September.

Fischer, R. L., & Staib, R. O. (2013). Addressing early childhood mental health needs: Outcomes from Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare. Cleveland, OH. March.

Dorman, R., & Fischer, R. L. (2013). Invest in Children: A community update. Philanthropy Ohio. Cleveland, OH. March.

Fischer, R. L. (2013). Using socio-economic data to inform health policy and practice. Invited talk. Center for Health Care Research & Policy, MetroHealth Medical Center. February.

Dorman, R., & Fischer, R. L. (2013). Early childhood services and Invest in Children. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Cleveland, OH. January.


In the News


Conversations in Philanthropy: Inside the Mind of a Donor on April 21

Feb 9 2016

Inside the mind of a donorInside the Mind of a Donor, the third and final Conversation in Philanthropy this spring, will take place on Thursday, April 21, and will offer three perspectives on the thinking of individual donors, who engage in philanthropy in a range of ways such as annual gifts, volunteerism, and major gifts and bequests.

The event is at 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Mandel Community Studies Center Room #115 at 11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attendees can register to attend in person or to watch via live-stream online. Free and open to the public, it  includes a post-conversation reception. Social work CEUs are available for in-person attendees ($10 for 1.5 hours for alumni; $25 for non-alumni) and professional development hours are offered for Mandel School students.

Conversations in Philanthropy are part of the Mandel School’s Centennial Speaker Series and are presented by the school’s Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program. They are supported by the Gail and Elliott Schlang Philanthropic Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

To register to attend, go to: msass.case.edu/Centennial

Inside the Mind of a Donor will be moderated by MNO Program Director Robert L. Fischer, PhD, and will feature three speakers:

Rev. Hank Doll, Vice President of the Doll Family Foundation: Reverend Doll is a minister who has spent most of his career championing philanthropy through his work for The Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation and the Nord Family Foundation. Though retired, he continues to serve as Vice President of the Doll Family Foundation, Board Member of the Brush Foundation, founder of the Giving Back Gang (a giving circle), and is a member of the Mandel School Visiting Committee. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Yale Divinity School and an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hedy Milgrom, MA, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland: Hedy Milgrom oversees the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Endowment and Development Program, which grants more than $100 million each year from its supporting foundations, donor-advised and special purpose funds, and the Federation’s Endowment Fund. Her other duties include overseeing all resource development efforts, such as the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs.

Chuck Miller, JD, CNM 2006, Senior Director of Planned Giving at Case Western Reserve University: Chuck Miller has counseled the philanthropic community for over 25 years, beginning as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General, Charitable Law Section, and as a senior development executive at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and MetroHealth Hospital. He currently serves as Senior Director of Planned Giving at Case Western Reserve University, where he partners with donors seeking creative ways to support present and future generations of students and faculty – while achieving mutual philanthropic goals.


Conversation in Philanthropy: Collaborative Philanthropy on March 24

Feb 8 2016

Collaborative Philanthropy, the second Conversation in Philanthropy this spring, will take place on Thursday, March 24, and will address on how philanthropic organizations work together to accomplish big-picture change, using three examples from foundations in the Cleveland area.

The event is at 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Mandel Community Studies Center Room #115 at 11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attendees can register to attend in person or to watch via live-stream online. Free and open to the public, it  includes a post-conversation reception. Social work CEUs are available for in-person attendees ($10 for 1.5 hours for alumni; $25 for non-alumni) and professional development hours are offered for Mandel School students.

Conversations in Philanthropy are part of the Mandel School’s Centennial Speaker Series and are presented by the school’s Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program. They are supported by the Gail and Elliott Schlang Philanthropic Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

To register to attend, go to: msass.case.edu/Centennial

Collaborative Philanthropy will be moderated by MNO Program Director Robert L. Fischer, PhD, and will feature three speakers:

Deborah Vesy, President and CEO of Deaconess Community Foundation’s Human Services Restructuring Pilot: At the Deaconness Community Foundation, Deborah Vesy provides resources to individuals in Cuyahoga County who lack resources to maintain employment. She has held many positions during her impressive career, including vice president/general manager of a $10 million business and president of housing facilities for low-income elderly. She serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Ohio, the President’s Visiting Committee of Case Western Reserve University, and the Executive Committee of the Fund For Our Economic Future, among other endeavors.

Brian Frederick, MSW, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County and Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future: In 1998, Brian Frederick became President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. He promotes economic competitiveness in Northeast Ohio as Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future. He is also an Advisory Board member of the Cleveland office of the Foundation Center, a faculty member at the Center for Community Foundation Excellence, and Board Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures. Among his many accomplishments, Brain received the 2013 Ohio Philanthropy Award and the 2014 Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

India Pierce Lee, MSSA 2005, Program Director of The Cleveland Foundation-Greater University Circle Initiative: Alumna India Pierce Lee, MSSA, is the Program Director at the Cleveland Foundation and oversees the Greater University Circle Initiative, an effort to revitalize Cleveland communities. Prior to this, India was Senior Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc., Senior Program Director at NE Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Director of the Empowerment Zone, and Executive Director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corp. Recipient of the Mandel School’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014, she has been recognized for outstanding service to Cleveland on many occasions and was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Women of Note” in 2011.


Conversation in Philanthropy: Hands-On Philanthropy on February 25

Feb 7 2016

giving circlesGiving circles will be in the spotlight when Conversations in Philanthropy kicks off its 2016 season on Thursday, February 25, with the topic “Hands-On Philanthropy,” featuring three Cleveland experts addressing how donors can find greater fulfillment in their philanthropy by becoming involved in giving circle efforts, where individual donors come together to pool financial resources and provide additional consultation.

The event is at 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Mandel Community Studies Center Room #115 at 11402 Bellflower Road on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attendees can register to attend in person or to watch via live-stream online. Free and open to the public, it  includes a post-conversation reception. Social work CEUs are available for in-person attedees ($10 for 1.5 hours for alumni; $25 for non-alumni) and professional development hours are offered for social work students.

Conversations in Philanthropy are part of the Mandel School’s Centennial Speaker Series and are presented by the school’s Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program. They are supported by the Gail and Elliott Schlang Philanthropic Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

To register to attend: msass.case.edu/Centennial

The conversation on “Hands-On Philanthropy” will be moderated by MNO Program Director Robert L. Fischer, PhD, and will feature three speakers:

Hilary Sparks-Roberts, JD 1988, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Cleveland: Hilary Sparks-Roberts joined SVP as its Director of Partner Engagement in September 2011, became Deputy Director in July 2013, and its Executive Director in August 2014. A native Clevelander, Hilary loves the ways SVP strengthens the Greater Cleveland community, one nonprofit at a time. She looks forward to sharing SVP’s model of engaged philanthropy designed for people who want to do more than write a check or applaud others’ efforts from a distance.
Judy Wright, Executive Director of Ohio Transformation Fund and Member of The Cleveland Colectivo: While the career of Judy Wright, MEd, spans many fields, her focus has always been to advance social justice. Judy currently leads the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative fund developed to make structural changes in Ohio’s criminal justice system. Her work is a demonstration of her determination to improve health and safety in Ohio communities. Judy’s volunteer commitments include being a founding member of the Cleveland Colectivo, a local giving circle committed to supporting innovative projects in the Cleveland area.

Karyn Pistone, Financial Advisor of Beacon Financial Partners and Member of Fun(d) First Giving Circle: Karyn Pistone is a Certified Financial Planner who brings over 30 years of practical experience her clients. After ten years as an insurance consultant, Karen started her own practice to focus on wealth management and implementing charitable strategies and business plans for her clients. Karen understands that every client is different, which is why she strives to present them with all the financial planning tools they need to realize financial prosperity.