pregnancy-in-health-reform.pngPregnancy in Health Reform: Access, Benefits and Continuity of Care

Jun 2016
Maternal and Child Health Access

As the State of California was rolling out Covered CA and implementing health reform, Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) received funding from First 5 LA for advocacy to ensure that pregnant women retained access, benefits, and continuity of care during the process. SSG R&E conducted an evaluation of this advocacy work through document review and key informant interviews with 15 stakeholders to understand how and why MCHA was successful. Participants included advocacy partners, state and county public leaders, and funders.


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pei-training-services.pngOrange County Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Training Services Needs Assessment: Presentation to MHSA Steering Committee

Aug 2016
Orange County Health Care Agency

SSG R&E conducted a needs assessment of training services related to Prevention and Early Intervention mental health efforts in Orange County. In total, data was collected from 94 unique individuals who represented diverse stakeholder audiences and geographic regions. Participants included representatives from County departments and divisions, community based mental health organizations, advocacy organizations, mental health consumers and their family members. These findings were presented to the Orange County MHSA Steering Committee in June of 2016.

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best-start-learning-report.pngFirst 5 Los Angeles Best Start Learning Report: Key Reflections and Findings from a Developmental Evaluation

October 2015
First 5 Los Angeles

In collaboration with Harder +Company Community Research, SSG R&E conducted a developmental evaluation of First 5 LA’s Best Start initiative. With reflection questions and essential learnings throughout, this report is designed to guide organizational thinking beyond the current phase of work.

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building-healthy-community.pngTechnical Assistance in The Building Healthy Communities Initiative: Reflections and Findings

February 2015
The California Endowment

This report discusses innovative approaches to provision of technical assistance in place based work, including the use of TA to enhance community capacity for building power and scaling local practitioners to become TA providers. It also highlights emerging practices for technical assistance providers and foundations working in social justice and community change efforts, such as the importance of due diligence, specific attributes of TA providers that enhance impact and flexible work plans that are responsive to local needs.

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Crenshaw_Corridor_Profile.pngCrenshaw Corridor Profile: Bringing Investment to Los Angeles' Gateway

July 2014
Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC)

SSG R&E in collaboration with the profile team, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), LISC Metro Edge and the City of Los Angeles’ Housing Community Investment Department (HCID) carried out the Pacoima Commercial Corridor Profile to highlight the assets and needs within a centralized Pacoima Trade Area. LA LISC expects that local leaders will use this Profile and the accompanying materials as tools to coordinate a cross-sector agenda that engages potential partners from the public, business, and philanthropic sectors to attract additional investments. Residents, business owners and non-profit leaders met with team members both one-on-one and as part of group meetings to discuss needs and opportunities.

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Pacoima Commercial Corridor Profile: An Ideal Investment in America's Future

June 2014
Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC)

SSG R&E in collaboration with the profile team, Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), LISC Metro Edge and the City of Los Angeles’ Housing Community Investment Department (HCID) carried out the Crenshaw Corridor Profile to better understand the economic landscape of the Crenshaw area and the anticipated impact of the construction of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. With the advent of the new Crenshaw light-rail line, there are a number of projects aimed at taking advantage of the window of opportunity the rail line provides to attract investments that meet long-standing needs, including quality grocery, sit-down restaurants, employment, educational resources and access to health care. LA LISC expects to use this Profile, along with the plans developed through other efforts, to guide its strategic investments. HCID will use the Profile to help align public resources to fund catalytic projects. Residents, business owners, and leaders from local non-profit organizations and community development corporations clarified the community context and informed the Profile recommendations.

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impact.pngCapacity Building’s Cumulative Impact on the Nonprofit Sector: Learning from Nonprofit Leaders

September 2013
The California Community Foundation

As nonprofit providers of capacity building to a diverse array of nonprofit organizations, SSG and the Los Angeles Capacity Builders Network intentionally shared and refined their understanding with one another of what nonprofits need to increase their impact. We developed a map of capacity building programs that captures different levels of impact. Called the Matrix of Outcome Pathways, it reinforces the complexity of capacity building and its impact on multiple levels.

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creating-a-space-for-healing.pngCreating A Healthy Space for Healing: A Community-Engaged Assessment for the Fremont High School Wellness Center and Community Garden

January 2012
The California Endowment

Special Service for Groups Research and Evaluation Team was contracted to conduct a Community Assessment using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) framework for the Fremont High School Wellness Center and Community Garden, with the goal of collecting community input to inform the development of programs and strategies to respond to the community’s needs.

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An examination of community-level economic, demographic and social indicators to help explain why Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 has the highest concentration of homeless persons outside of Downtown LA. The policy report highlights a homeless population that has received little attention amid the media and policy debates surrounding homelessness in Skid Row and Downtown, and shows that homeless service providers in South LA receive disproportionately less funding than providers in other areas.

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