BenePhilly Case Study


This case study is part of the Innovations in American Government Awards program.

A finalist in the 2021 Innovations in American Government Awards, the BenePhilly program is a partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the nonprofit Benefits Data Trust that helps residents determine their eligibility for benefits and assists them in quickly and efficiently enrolling.

This paper is a case study of the BenePhilly program and will serve as a guide to replicating its success. By using proven, data-driven methods, the program connects high-need, eligible individuals with up to 19 different benefits, all while reducing overall poverty, providing a better application experience, and increasing trust in local government.

Read the case study here.

About the Author

Betsy Gardner

Betsy Gardner is the editor of Data-Smart City Solutions and the producer of the Data-Smart City Pod. Prior to joining the Ash Center, Betsy worked in a variety of roles in higher education, focusing on deconstructing racial and gender inequality through research, writing, and facilitation. She also researched government spending and transparency at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston University, and a graduate certificate in Digital Storytelling from the Harvard Extension School.