AAPIP's National Giving Circle Network: A Framework for Democratized Philanthropy
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.
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
Maternal and Child Health Access
Orange County Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Training Services Needs Assessment: Presentation to MHSA Steering Committee
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.
First 5 Los Angeles Best Start Learning Report: Key Reflections and Findings from a Developmental Evaluation
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.
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.
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.
Creating A Healthy Space for Healing: A Community-Engaged Assessment for the Fremont High School Wellness Center and Community Garden
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.
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.