No matter the industry or project, we help you obtain answers to key questions such as are our processes, programs, or services working effectively? Are we reaching the right people? What types of stories do we need to tell about who we are, what we do, and what impact we have on systems, individuals, and/or communities? At HPW, we help answer those questions through the work we do for you.


GPNP is a membership organization serving over 450 non-profit organizations from a twelve-county region in southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) that provides public policy analysis, education, advocacy, and a portfolio of discounts on products and services that meet the current needs of individual members and the non-profit sector as a whole.

GPNP collaborated with us to talk with members and non-members (market research) and gain their input on both GPNP’s current efforts and areas to consider in moving forward. Using our multi-step process, we conducted discussion groups with representatives from member organizations, created an online survey sent to members and non-members, and interviewed stakeholders representing local and state government, funders, non-profits, and policy groups.

Once we collected this information, we made it meaningful and useful for GPNP by presenting key findings and recommendations, both of which were incorporated into GPNP’s most recent strategic plan. Our results were used to develop and update strategies inclusive of the needs of SWPA non-profits, specifically for GPNP members.


Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is a Community College in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area that offers academic and career training programs across four campuses and four centers. In an effort to both serve and keep Veterans enrolled at CCAC, the College designed and established a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS) as a single point-of-contact for Veterans.

In conjunction with the CEVSS, CCAC partnered with us to evaluate the support Veterans received. We also monitored information collected as a part of this project. Over the course of five years, we regularly communicated with CEVSS staff concerning the evaluation of the CEVSS program, received and analyzed information, facilitated discussion groups with Veterans who used the CVESS, and identified successes and made recommendations for improvement to help sustain the program in the future. 

At the end of the five years, and based on the information reflecting a need for and use of services, the CVESS has sustained and continue to provide services to meet the changing needs of Veteran students.  


The Northwest Pennsylvania (NWPA) Tobacco Control Program is part of the health education division at the Erie County Department of Health (ECDH) and is funded through a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health using Master Settlement Agreement dollars, also known as tobacco settlement funds. One of the initiatives required by the Department of Health and undertaken by the Tobacco Control Program is to educate and work with Public Housing Agencies/Authorities (PHAs) and private owners of multi-unit housing to become smoke-free.

NWPA partnered with us to create a protocol to be used by all providers in helping housing sites become smoke-free. The protocol was based on existing information and interviews with both national leaders and local providers. We used all of this information to develop a step-by-step protocol (with available resources) to assist NWPA coalition providers in their work with both owners/managers of HUD and private multi-unit housing complexes in putting into place a smoke-free policy.  In addition to developing the protocol, we also trained service providers on how to implement the protocol.  Provider MUH activities and outcomes are being tracked to measure the number of sites that have become smoke-free following the implementation of the protocol.


 *  : asterisk indicates multi-year projects or multiple contracts

government.png  Government

  • Blair County MH/MR/D&A Program *

  • Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program *

  • County of Beaver – Beaver County Behavioral Health *

  • Erie County Department of Health *

  • Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency *

  • Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health

nonprofit.png  Non-Profit

  • Adagio Health *

  • Aliquippa Impact

  • Alternative Community Resource Program *

  • Armstrong, Indiana, Clearfield and Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission

  • American Lung Association-Mid-Atlantic Region *

  • Citizens Coal Council

  • Community Alternatives *

  • Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission *

  • Family Links

  • Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission *

  • Glade Run Lutheran Services

  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

  • Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership

  • Institute for Research, Education and Training on Addiction (IRETA)

  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation

  • Keystone Wellness *

  • Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission, Inc. *

  • NHS Human Services *

  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Pressley Ridge *

  • Rankin Christian Center

  • ROOTS *

  • Somerset Single County Authority for Drug and Alcohol

  • St. Vincent College Prevention Projects *

  • Tickets for Kids

  • Tobacco Free Allegheny

  • TRAILS Ministries *

  • United Way of Allegheny County

  • Ward Home

  • Washington County Health Partners *

  • Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission

  • Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Commission *

business.png  Private Sector

  • Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. *

  • Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management

  • Beaver County Rehabilitation Center

  • Community College of Allegheny County *

  • Gateway Rehabilitation Center *

  • Highmark

  • Hornby Zeller

  • Northwest Behavioral Health Partnership, Inc. *

  • Rhode Island Hospital

  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Management, Inc. *

  • University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business *

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine