Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy, Workforce Innovation Fund Grant: Evaluation
The City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department and Workforce Investment Board received a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund grant to develop the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA), a career pathways program that targeted out-of-school youth and provided them with secondary and post-secondary education; work readiness, supportive, and training services; and employment and placement services. SPR’s evaluation of LARCA used a random assignment design to analyze the impacts of the program, and also included an implementation study and a cost-effectiveness analysis
Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing, Workforce Innovation Fund Grant: Evaluation
SPR completed the evaluation of the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) program for the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and its state partner agencies, the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Funded by a $12 million four-year U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grant, ATIM used a career pathways approach to provide individualized assessment, career counseling, and service planning; accelerated training schedules to expedite participant readiness for job openings; and work-based training opportunities in advanced manufacturing. The evaluation included an implementation study, a random assignment impact study and a cost-effectiveness study. The evaluation’s implementation study report summarizes findings from two rounds of site visits and a stakeholder survey, including a social network analysis. The evaluation’s impact report explores the impact of ATIM on program participants relative to a control group, and discusses the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis of ATIM.
Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program: Evaluation
The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor are designed to strengthen ties between the public workforce system and local correction facilities by establishing satellite American Job Centers in local jails. SPR, together with its partner, Mathematica Policy Research, conducted a formative evaluation to identify common challenges and promising approaches to launching LEAP-funded activities across the 20 grantees nationwide. The formative evaluation generated five issue briefs on key themes in program start-up, linked below. The project also includes an implementation evaluation to document how LEAP programs operate; and a feasibility assessment which explored the potential for a rigorous impact evaluation.
Download the Internet Access for Pre-Release Job Search Training Brief Download the Bridging Workforce and Corrections Cultures Brief Download the Staffing Jail-Based American Job Centers Brief Download the Structuring Employment-Based Services Within Jail Spaces and Schedules Brief Download the Expediting the Launch of Service Provision Brief
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Impact Evaluation
To address high rates of recidivism among reentering offenders, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (USDOL) funded a national group of 24 faith and community-based organizations to provide workforce assistance, mentoring, and case management services. SPR, funded by US DOL, conducted a random assignment evaluation that examined the impacts the RExO program had on the employment and recidivism outcomes of the more than 4,600 study participants. The evaluation included a three-year impact study, an implementation study and a survey of participants.
Download the Final Impact Report Download the Two-Year Impact Report Download the Implementation Study Report
NCOA Senior SNAP Enrollment: Promising Practice Brief
The National Council on Aging (NCOA)’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative is designed to fight senior hunger by increasing the effectiveness of community based organizations and agencies that help older adults enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With support from the Walmart Foundation, NCOA distributed $2.15 million in grants over two years among more than 40 community-based organizations and agencies that conduct SNAP outreach to older adults and assist them with the application process. NCOA allowed prospective grantees to design their own individualized approaches to increase SNAP enrollment within their service areas. After awarding a second round of grants in 2015, NCOA engaged SPR to produce a brief that summarizes promising practices worthy of dissemination. The practices selected were drawn from four grantees that NCOA identified as exemplifying promising outreach and enrollment practices. SPR conducted site visits and follow-up phone calls with Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC), DC Hunger Solutions (DCHS), Korean Women’s Association (KWA), and Senior Community Outreach Services (SCOS), Inc.
Download the Promising Practice Brief
Strengthening Cultural Competency in California’s Anti-Domestic Violence Field
In 2012, The Blue Shield of California Foundation’s program area Blue Shield Against Violence launched a project called “Strengthening Cultural Competency in California’s Domestic Violence Field for High-Need, Underserved Populations” to support and promote promising culturally competent practices within the domestic violence field. This report captures the outcomes of the two-year evaluation at the organizational and field level.
Mapping an Emerging National Health Equity Network: Findings from a Social Network Analysis of Organizations Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
Since 2007, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Asian Pacific Islander Health Forum has invested more than $20 million to support development of health equity collaboration within and across Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian (AA and NHPI) communities across the nation. In 2013, SPR therefore conducted a snowball social network analysis starting with these funded partners, and extending to over 1400 organizations around the country focused on improving the health and well-being of AA and NHPI communities. This paper provides an overview of this emerging network, as well as presents implications for how to approach strengthening and leveraging this network going forward.
Toward Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders: The Health Through Action Model
Since 2009, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has invested over $100 million to foster racial healing and eliminate policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differing outcomes by race. Health Through Action represented an unprecedented level of investment targeting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiin, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI). Embedded within the foundation’s racial equity portfolio, it was the first time a private-sector foundation joined forces with a national AA and NHPI organization to acknowledge and address health disparities facing this population.
Building Panethnic Coalitions in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: Opportunities & Challenges
This paper is one in a series of evaluation products emerging from SPR’s evaluation of Health Through Action (HTA), a $16.5 million, four-year, W.K. Kellogg Foundation supported initiative to reduce disparities and advance healthy outcomes for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) children and families.
2013 Strong Field Project Evaluation Report – Executive Summary
In 2010, domestic violence (DV) service organizations in California faced considerable economic and political upheaval. One of the most significant DV public funding programs in California was cut, forcing agencies to close or lay off staff and mobilize emergency fundraising and advocacy campaigns. In response, in 2010, Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) launched the Strong Field Project (SFP), a 4-year, multi–million dollar statewide, collaborative effort to build a strong, coordinated network of DV service providers in California. The SFP has a three-pronged approach: (1) a leadership development program, (2) organizational strengthening grants, and (3) network building and knowledge sharing. In this report, we look at how the contours of the California DV landscape have changed since the SFP’s inception and how the SFP continues to impact the individual, organizational, and field levels.
Evaluation of DCYF’s Specialized Teen, Youth-Led Philanthropy, and Youth-Led Organizing Programming: Mid-Project Report
This project is evaluating educational and youth development outcomes for youth participating in 68 after school programs in San Francisco. Data sources include phone interviews at 17 “case study” programs, site visits to 12 “best practice” programs, an online youth survey and an examination of administrative data from the San Francisco Unified School District.
The California Endowment’s Diversity in Health Evaluation Project
One in a series of publications from The California Endowment’s Diversity in Health Evaluation Project, this resource guide was designed to assist foundation staff with conceptualizing and commissioning evaluations of initiatives and programs in diverse communities.