Relationship Violence in Five Los Angeles
Asian American Communities: Intergenerational Risk and Strengthening Factors

Oct 2020
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON)

In 2019 the Blue Shield of California Foundation partnered with A3PCON, SSG R&E and six community organizations (Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers, Korean American Family Services, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, South Asian Network, and Center for Pacific Asian Family) to conduct a needs assessment on domestic violence. This study explores risk and protective factors in five Southern California Asian American communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, North Indian Hindu, and Pakistani Muslim. These factors include cultural traditions, norms, attitudes and beliefs, particularly around gender roles, intergenerational family dynamics, intimate relationships, and approaches to child-rearing.

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AAPIP's National Giving Circle Network: A Framework for Democratized Philanthropy

Jan 2017
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

Through its 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign, spanning from 2011 to 2015, AAPIP supported the formation and growth of 50 distinct giving circles in Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities nationwide. In the final year of its 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign, the Special Service for Groups Research and Evaluation Team worked with AAPIP to evaluate the campaign and determine its effects on the AANHPI community and on the field of philanthropy as a whole.

Download the full report here. Download Giving Circle Info Sheet here (includes key data points from SSG R&E’s survey conducted with giving circle members).

As part of the evaluation, SSG R&E developed products that could support giving circle members in their work based on interviews and focus groups with other giving circle members. These include:

Giving Circle Life Cycle: framework of stages based on experiences of many AAPIP giving circles.

Giving Circle Best Practices: for giving circle members by giving circle members


Pregnancy 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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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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