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California Environmental Associates (CEA) Consulting;;
While it is often said that the world is awash in data, informed decision-making can occur only when data are transparent and readily available to the stakeholders that need the information. Our Shared Seas is a website platform which seeks to roll up relevant ocean conservation data in a centralized, easy-to-use platform, providing authoritative data and sensemaking of ocean trends.
The purpose of this project is to aggregate ocean statistics and trends to support the marine conservation community—including funders, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers—in making better, faster, and more informed decisions.
IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research & Impact;
The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program is funded by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and implemented by Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. With this grant, IIE supported 49 fellowships in 2016-2017 that created collaborative, mutually beneficial engagements between Greek institutions and North American academics.
Mt. Auburn Associates;
In May 2013, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Boston Fed) formally launched the Working Cities Challenge: An Initiative for Massachusetts Smaller Cities. The Working Cities Challenge (WCC) encourages and supports leaders from the business, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit sectors in smaller, postindustrial cities to work collaboratively on innovative strategies that have the potential to produce large-scale results for low-income residents in their communities. Ultimately, the Boston Fed expects that the teams' efforts will build the cities' civic infrastructure leading to long-term improved prosperity and opportunity for residents in Working Cities.
The Boston Fed developed a competitive process for city selection in which a jury chose the winning cities with the grant award varying based on the strength of the cities' proposals. WCC announced in early 2014 the award of a total of $1.8 million in grants to six working cities. The competitive grants included four implementation grants ranging in size from $700,000 to $225,000 over a planned three-year period awarded to Chelsea, Fitchburg, Holyoke, and Lawrence. In addition, WCC awarded two smaller $100,000 one-year seed grants to Salem and Somerville. Based on the assessment of progress at the midpoint of the implementation period, the Boston Fed extended the grant cycle slightly and augmented the implementation grants. Following a second juried competitive application process, the Boston Fed awarded each of the four implementation cities an additional $150,000 and extended the grant period through September 2017, making implementation a full three-and-a-half years. Beyond the grant funds, the working cities have received technical assistance and opportunities for shared learning and peer exchange. While perhaps less tangible than technical assistance, but no less important, the working cities now have greater visibility and new forums for access to funders as well.
Below is a presentation produced by Mt. Auburn Associates.
Please find the full report, case studies, and additional resources here: https://www.bostonfed.org/workingcities/massachusetts/round1/process/evaluation.htm
Marguerite Casey Foundation;
This report presents findings from a survey of over 1,500 families in 2004 and 2005 which examined attitudes around poverty before and after Hurricane Katrina.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
Over the past 40 years, MacArthur has often fielded requests from grantees and other organizations for small amounts of money to support various time-limited efforts, like attending or convening a meeting. In response to this need, the Foundation established a grantmaking tool, known as an expedited grant (X-Grant), to improve our ability to make small, strategic grants with greater speed and efficiency. We also contracted with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to administer X-Grants, given its experience operating a similar expedited grantmaking program for another funder.
The pilot phase of the X-Grant program launched in April 2015 and lasted for the remainder of the year. During this time, Foundation staff could make X-Grants between $1,000 and $30,000 to a 501c(3) public charity, or an organization with an equivalency determination, for four types of defined activities: (1) attendance at a meeting, (2) convening a meeting, (3) knowledge building and professional development, and (4) small research projects. Furthermore, all activities funded through an X‐Grant were required to be completed within the calendar year of the fully‐executed grant agreement letter.
In 2015, MacArthur made $425,000 available to program staff across the Foundation to make X-Grants on a first-come, first-served basis. By the end of the year, 18 X-Grants had been made totaling $410,617. The Foundation hired The Silver Line to evaluate the pilot phase of the X-Grants program, which surfaced strong support for the X-Grant program across the Foundation and among participating grantees. The program was reinstituted in June 2016. By the end of 2016, 12 X-Grants were made totaling $436,658. In 2017, 76 X-Grants were made totaling $1,955,568.
The overall management of the X‐Grants program has remained consistent over time—the Foundation reviews and approves X-Grant applications, while IIE administers the X-Grant funds to grantees. However, several substantive changes have been made to the X-Grants program since its pilot phase. First, the budget limit for an X‐Grant was increased to $50,000 from $30,000. Second, the form used by Foundation staff to request an X-Grant now includes a section requiring a description of how the proposed X‐Grant served to advance one of the Foundation's existing areas of programming. Furthermore, starting in 2017, Foundation programs other than changing areas of work were given the opportunity to incorporate X-Grant funds into their overall budget requests. MacArthur contracted with The Silver Line to collect feedback on adjustments made to the X-Grant program since its pilot phase and further assess the value of X-Grants to staff and grantees.
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems;
A webinar intended to inspire Extension educators who want to make racial equity a more intentional part of their work – and an introduction to resources and tools to help do so.
Shorlette Ammons of North Carolina's Center for Environmental Farming Systems introduces webinar participants to tools and language used in racial equity training. This webinar gives an introduction to greater conversations and work surrounding racial equity and food access.
Global Handwashing Partnership;
The Global Handwashing Partnership developed the Global Handwashing Day 2017 Report to tell the story of how Global Handwashing Day was celebrated around the world in 2017. More than 520 million people around the world rallied around the theme "Our hands, our future".
This report links to Global Handwashing Day tools, summarizes the global impact of Global Handwashing Day, shares several Global Handwashing Day success stories, and highlights ways to promote handwashing habits beyond October 15th.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
In January 2017 President Trump announced dramatic shifts in federal immigration policies and made sweeping changes to immigration law enforcement. These new executive orders affected Chicagoans, immigrant communities, and organizations working in this field. By May 2017, recognizing the importance of this work to the city, its diverse communities, and all its residents, MacArthur awarded $1.2 million (eight expedited grants and five traditional grants) to 13 organizations supporting efforts to overturn laws and policies that undermine people's rights and to protect the rights and liberties of racial, ethnic, religious, and other social groups.
In October 2017, the Foundation hired The Silver Line to conduct an evaluation of the package of grants made in response to President Trump's executive orders on immigration. The purpose of the evaluation was to help the Foundation understand the value and perceived benefit of the grants for the recipients and the communities they serve and assess the potential for applying this mode of targeted and responsive grantmaking in the future. The primary questions guiding this evaluation included:
To what extent have these funds helped organizations respond to the needs of the immigrant and refugee communities they serve? What are perceived accomplishments? What additional benefits emerged for organizations? To what extent did the awards influence the grant recipients' ability to network and/or coordinate efforts around the executive orders?
How has this package of awards supported alliances across immigrant, ethnic, and religious communities?
What are the pros and cons of the Foundation's process to make these awards? What can be learned from what worked? Or from what did not work?
Hawaii Community Foundation;
Connecting for Success (CFS) is a four-year initiative funded by the Hawai'i Community Foundation and 14 donor partners. It is currently in its fourth year. From 2013-2016, 10 middle schools and five community partners served students identified to be at risk of very low levels of academic achievement. In the fourth year of the initiative, eight middle schools participated. CFS provides academic and enrichment supports, as well as interventions designed to improve attendance and behavior. Through increasing academic achievement and their connection to school, CFS programming is designed to make it more likely that participating youth will transition successfully to high school, stay on the path to graduate from high school, and ultimately succeed in college, career, and the community.
Institute for Women's Policy Research;
Research conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, finds that for sustained economic security and stability, work should pay a living wage, provide workers with sufficient hours of work (full-time, full-year employment), and provide access to health insurance, a pension, and the flexibility for working women and men to balance work and family. Too many jobs fail the test. The earnings of women workers, especially Black and Hispanic women, are even lower than the median for all Mississippi workers.
As part of California's new accountability system, the California School Dashboard provides educators as well as the public with data about how schools and districts are performing on a variety of indicators in order to identify strengths and weaknesses, and highlights performance gaps among student groups.
According to Dashboard data, which uses ten indicators of school success, many California districts struggle with providing the necessary supports for students with disabilities to ensure them an equitable education.
This 75-minute webinar examines how utilizing California School Dashboard data (in addition to other data) can be part of a systemic plan to improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities.
Who Will Benefit
California school district leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, chief academic officers, and directors)
What You Will Learn
How to understand and interpret California School Dashboard data about student groups, specifically students with disabilities
What other indicators and data sources can help administrators understand and navigate the complex landscape of supporting special education students
How to use data to guide conversations and strategic decision-making
Identify practices and strategies that educators and administrators can implement to improve outcomes for students with disabilities
Diana Blackmon, former Special Education Training Specialist, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention at WestEd
Tran Keys, Senior Researcher, Comprehensive School Assistance Program at WestEd