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The reports, briefs, and tools we produce for our clients and our community are part of our effort to share what we know. The insight we’ve gleaned comes from rigorous and inclusive processes for collecting, analyzing, and sharing data, as well as deep partnership with our clients and their communities.
The State of Volunteering in North American Jewish Not-for-Profit Organizations

In 2011, Repair the World commissioned the first major assessment of the state of volunteering in the Jewish not-for-profit community. A group of New York University graduate students from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service designed and distributed the survey, resulting in over 200 responses. Informing Change then analyzed this data to produce a brief report of key findings for Repair the World and the broader Jewish not-for-profit community. These results helped to establish important baselines and identify… Learn more

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Charting the Course: Career Paths Among Emerging Health Center Leaders

As California faces the challenges of an evolving healthcare landscape and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there is an unprecedented need for a committed and adaptable network of leaders in the community health centers field. To meet this need, Blue Shield of California Foundation has partnered with the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco to administer the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program, training five cohorts of participants from… Learn more

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Innovation in Community Health Centers: Key Learnings from the Community Health Center Innovation Challenge Pilot Program

In January 2012, 13 community health centers throughout California received one-year “seed” funding and support to develop innovative ideas, support “out of the box” thinking and test new solutions to common problems in health care. The Center for Care Innovation and Blue Shield of California Foundation engaged Informing Change to conduct an evaluation of this pilot program called the Community Health Center Innovation Challenge. This document highlights key learnings about innovation that were drawn from a larger evaluation of the… Learn more

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Effective Strategies for Educating and Engaging Jewish Teens: What Jewish Communities Can Learn from Programs That Work

On behalf of the Jim Joseph Foundation, Informing Change collaborated with Rosov Consulting to conduct a body of research around teen education programs, identifying leading efforts inside and outside of the Jewish world that are engaging young people in experiences that are relevant, meaningful and ongoing. Twenty-one programs were chosen for inclusion in a scan of programs, including eight Jewish programs for teens and two for young adults, ages 20–40, along with eleven secular and other faith-based programs for teens… Learn more

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Mission Possible: Healthcare Safety Net Integration

For the past few years, healthcare administrators and providers have been getting ready for the Affordable Care Act by re-examining and making changes to their current systems. They are preparing for an influx of newly insured patients, attempting to position themselves as providers of choice within their communities and working on developing health homes and accountable care organizations. The Blue Shield of California Foundation believes that integration and coordination of services across the safety net is critical to achieving a… Learn more

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Key Learnings from Nadiv’s Launch & The Nadiv Story Unfolding

The Nadiv Program (Nadiv) is an innovative pilot made possible by a partnership between the Jim Joseph Foundation and the AVI CHAI Foundation and is operated by The Foundation for Jewish Camp. The collaborative Nadiv partnership created six new Jewish educator positions, Nadiv Educators, which are shared between Jewish summer camps and schools. In these memos, Informing Change documents and summarizes the story of Nadiv and offer key learnings from its development and early implementation. The first memo, The Nadiv Story,… Learn more

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Jewish Student Connection: 2011–12 Evaluation Findings

Jewish Student Connection (JSC) aims to serve as a catalyst for Jewish teens to take ownership of their Jewish future by creating in-school educational experiences in public and private high schools. JSC’s student-run clubs provide opportunities for teens to build community, learn about Jewish history and Israel, and gain access to the Jewish community outside their high school. In 2010, three national and regional funders engaged Informing Change to assess the programmatic and organizational growth of JSC in four regions:… Learn more

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Strengthening Partnerships to Improve Community Health

Over the past four years, the Center for Care Innovations (formerly the Community Clinics Initiative) has supported creative ways of promoting health in underserved communities through their Networking for Community Health program. CCI, through generous support from The California Endowment, offered grants and non-monetary supports to community clinics across California to build community networks and enhance the capacity of those working within the networks to improve community health. This report provides an overview of CCI’s Networking for Community Health program,… Learn more

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Bridging the Divide Between Leadership Development & Organizational Outcomes

The Blue Shield of California Foundation and the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco launched the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program to prepare emerging leaders to move into executive positions. But how do the learnings from a structured leadership program translate to the unpredictability and complexity of participants’ day-to-day work in health centers? In this report, Informing Change examines how program benefits spread from participants to their organizations through their customized leadership projects… Learn more

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Preparing Diverse Leaders for Advancement in LGBT Organizations

The Pipeline Project offers the 21st Century Fellows Program to managers of color working at LGBT human rights and advocacy organizations with the intention of retaining and advancing these fellows in the field. The year-long leadership program aims to: build fellows’ leadership skills through a Rockwood Leadership Institute curriculum, create lasting peer networks, facilitate fellows’ advancement into executive positions and support their work to build stronger organizations. The program is supported by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the… Learn more

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A Job and a Chance: An Assessment of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (the L.A. Chamber) is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent regional business advocacy organizations. In June 2011, the L.A. Chamber received a grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide summer employment opportunities for underserved 16- to 21-year olds in Los Angeles. Through this grant, the L.A. Chamber partnered with civic and nonprofit organizations to offer summer work opportunities for 500 youth. The L.A. Chamber engaged Informing Change to evaluate its implementation… Learn more

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Preparing the Clinic Leaders of Tomorrow

The Blue Shield of California Foundation is partnering with the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco to design and implement the Clinic Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders program. This intensive, 18-month program prepares emerging leaders to move into executive positions within five to eight years in order to sustain a strong and vibrant community clinics field in California. Informing Change has conducted a mixed-method, longitudinal study focusing on the impacts of the program since its… Learn more

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Getting to the Roots of Healthy Living: The Experience of the Community Clinics Initiative’s Networking for Community Health Projects

As part of the evaluation of the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI)’s Networking for Community Health (NCH) program, Informing Change is examining how community clinics strengthen their working relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners to promote community health. This report focuses on a sub-set of NCH projects that focus on “getting to the roots” of health problems in their communities by identifying and addressing upstream causes of ill health and focusing on prevention. In this report we examine the NCH… Learn more

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The Power of Partnerships for Policy & Advocacy

In 2008, the Community Clinic’s Initiative launched a $1.6 million effort, the Community Health Organizing Project, to support statewide and regional advocacy efforts around health care reform and budget issues. The Project provided funding to the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and 15 regional clinic networks working to bring more diverse voices, particularly clinic staff and patients, into health-related discussions occurring in California. This brief describes the strategies that grantees undertook to engage more clinic staff and patients as health… Learn more

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Adapting the EHR Scribe Model to Community Health Centers: The Experience of Shasta Community Health Center’s Pilot

Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC) engaged with Informing Change to assess the effectiveness of its Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Scribe Model, which utilize scribes to enter medical information into EHRs during patient visits. This report looks at the impact of this demonstration project on clinician and patient satisfaction with the process, patient visit efficiency and flow, clinician productivity, fiscal impact on the clinic as well as particularly important scribe and clinician characteristics that contribute to the model’s success. Learn more

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Overview of Final Evaluation Findings: 2007–2010 After-school & Summer Enrichment Subprogram

In 2006, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation began to support the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)–funded expansion of after-school programs in California. The Foundation invested in the establishment of technical assistance (TA), workforce development, and leadership infrastructure to help build a sustainable system that provides better programmatic and financial support for California’s after-school programs. This report examines the ways in which the Foundation’s investments from 2007 through 2010 have contributed to the continuous improvement of the after-school… Learn more

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Harnessing the Power of Youth: The Experience of the Community Clinics Initiative’s Networking for Community Health Projects

As part of the evaluation of the Community Clinics Initiative (CCI)’s Networking for Community Health (NCH) program, Informing Change is examining how community clinics strengthen their working relationships with both traditional and non-traditional partners to promote community health. This brief focuses on a sub-set of NCH projects that are engaging youth to promote community health. The report describes how clinics can integrate youth into community health improvement efforts and profiles three projects to illustrate different of ways to engage youth.… Learn more

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Ensuring the Rights of Study Participants: Resource Documents for Philanthropic Organizations

What does it really mean to treat evaluation study participants fairly, equitably and with the utmost respect? For foundation staff without deep research backgrounds, it is vital to understand whether evaluators are taking appropriate steps to protect the participants in their work. Does every study require an Institutional Review Board (IRB) process? When is the process not necessary? With generous support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Informing Change has developed Resource Documents and an accompanying Training Toolkit for… Learn more

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High Flyers: Policies and strategies that boost developmental education success in Florida’s community colleges

What can a community college do to ensure that its students complete their degrees and move forward into productive and fulfilling careers? Across the nation, policymakers, educators, students and their families are concerned about the low percentage of enrolled community college students who persevere to complete either a two-year or a four-year college degree. Because community colleges have open access (i.e., all students are eligible to attend regardless of their academic achievement), developmental education is a large component of community… Learn more

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The Worth of What They Do

As part of its efforts in building the field of Jewish service-learning, Repair the World commissioned Informing Change to conduct an exploratory study on the impact of short-term immersive Jewish service-learning (IJSL) on the organizations and communities that host these groups. The study included interviews with representatives of host community CBO/NGOs involved in IJSL projects in the US, Israel, Nicaragua, Ghana and Ukraine as well as an in-depth review of recent relevant research and writing about best practices in secular… Learn more

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