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Scot Evans

Pay for Success: A New Results-Oriented Federal Commitment for Underserved Americans | ... - 0 views

  • “Pay for Success” offers a new way for government to ensure effective programs reach traditionally and currently underserved communities. The hope is that Pay for Success will help us find better ways to get Americans the supports and services they need – whether it is access to housing, workforce development, college completion or support for youth aging out of foster care.
Scot Evans

Return on Investment of $115 to $1 - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy - 0 views

  • "This report demonstrates without a doubt that foundation funding for advocacy and civic engagement results in substantial benefits for families and communities across the nation," said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP. "These strategies enable nonprofits and grantmakers to address complex social and economic challenges effectively and improve the lives of the under-served."
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Vibrant Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty - 0 views

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    This learning community is a place where Canadians can learn, share expertise, advance common goals, and connect with one another about reducing poverty in their cities. Together let's end poverty! 
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Organizing Upgrade - 1 views

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    Organizing Upgrade is an attempt to engage left leaders and innovators in the field of community organizing in a strategic dialogue.  We hope that this project can bring the kind of inspiration, vision and strategic clarity we need to strengthen our political impact, both in our immediate fight and in our longer-term efforts to build the social justice movement and to revitalize a movement-rooted left in the United States.  We hope that, by encouraging some of the leading innovators and leaders from the sphere of community organizing to put pen to paper and to speak their mind, we can develop unity and clarity about the key demands on left organizers in these times.
Scot Evans

AISR: Commentary - The Growing Impact of Youth Organizing for Education Reform - 0 views

  • In communities around the nation, youth organizing groups have become outspoken, effective, and powerful partners in school reform — and, in the process, are preparing to be empowered, educated, and engaged adults and citizens.
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    In communities around the nation, youth organizing groups have become outspoken, effective, and powerful partners in school reform - and, in the process, are preparing to be empowered, educated, and engaged adults and citizens.
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Collaboration Multiplier - 0 views

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    Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive framework and tool for analyzing collaborative efforts across fields. It is designed to guide an organization to a better understanding of which partners it needs and how to engage them, or to facilitate organizations that already work together in identifying activities to achieve a common goal, identify missing sectors that can contribute to a solution, delineate partner perspectives and contributions, and leverage expertise and resources.
Scot Evans

Social Ills Like Poverty Can Cause Death, Researchers Say - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Poverty is often cited as contributing to poor health. Now, in an unusual approach, researchers have calculated how many people poverty kills and presented their findings, along with an argument that social factors can cause death the same way that behavior like smoking cigarettes does.
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Watching Prevention Make History - 0 views

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    The National Prevention Strategy makes clear, prevention can save lives, reduce the demand on health care services, build equity and save money.
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The Urban Institute | Outcome Indicators Project - 0 views

  • The Outcome Indicators Project provides a framework for tracking nonprofit performance. It suggests candidate outcomes and outcome indicators to assist nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new outcome monitoring processes or improve their existing systems.
Scot Evans

The Nonprofit Quarterly | @npquarterly | As Income Inequality Rises in U.S., Society Su... - 0 views

  • This study, however, not only sheds new light on patterns of income distribution, but also explores whether differences in county level per capita income are associated with other social issues. The authors conclude that the correlations are striking, and that rising income inequality therefore needs far more attention from policy makers.
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    Far more attention needed indeed!
Scot Evans

Early prevention can keep kids out of trouble, save money: study - 2 views

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    WLU psychology professors Geoff Nelson, Mark Pancer and Colleen Loomis hope the province takes notice of their ongoing project's latest findings - piling more evidence onto their argument that at-risk children who participate in early prevention programs are more likely to succeed later in life.
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Collective Impact (November 17, 2010) | Stanford Social Innovation Review - 0 views

  • Why has Strive made progress when so many other efforts have failed? It is because a core group of community leaders decided to abandon their individual agendas in favor of a collective approach to improving student achievement.
  • These leaders realized that fixing one point on the educational continuum—such as better after-school programs—wouldn’t make much difference unless all parts of the continuum improved at the same time. No single organization, however innovative or powerful, could accomplish this alone. Instead, their ambitious mission became to coordinate improvements at every stage of a young person’s life, from “cradle to career.”
  • Strive, both the organization and the process it helps facilitate, is an example of collective impact, the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.
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  • collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.
  • arge-scale social change comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
  • In short, the nonprofit sector most frequently operates using an approach that we call isolated impact. It is an approach oriented toward finding and funding a solution embodied within a single organization, combined with the hope that the most effective organizations will grow or replicate to extend their impact more widely.
  • Shifting from isolated impact to collective impact is not merely a matter of encouraging more collaboration or public-private partnerships. It requires a systemic approach to social impact that focuses on the relationships between organizations and the progress toward shared objectives. And it requires the creation of a new set of nonprofit management organizations that have the skills and resources to assemble and coordinate the specific elements necessary for collective action to succeed.
  • “Mobilizing and coordinating stakeholders is far messier and slower work than funding a compelling grant request from a single organization. Systemic change, however, ultimately depends on a sustained campaign to increase the capacity and coordination of an entire field.”
Scot Evans

PsySR: Statement on Poverty and Inequality - 0 views

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    Poverty is the single greatest threat to individual human development and it simultaneously creates profound social disruption in the United States and around the world. Unless institutions and citizens take steps now to reduce and prevent poverty--and the growing inequality that deepens and widens its damaging repercussions--we will face a nightmarish future that can be measured in untold numbers of destroyed lives, communities, and institutions.
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"Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System" | WiserEarth Blog - 0 views

  • Start by understanding the system you are trying to change. Involve both funders and nonprofits as equals from the outset. Design for a network, not an organization—and invest in collective infrastructure. Cultivate leadership at many levels. Create multiple opportunities to connect and communicate. Remain adaptive and emergent—and committed to a long-term vision.
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