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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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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