If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by domestic violence and are in need of support, contact Heartland Alliance's Violence Recovery Services. For Domestic Violence emergencies contact the Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline: (877) 863-6338.
New Report: Investing in the Future with New Moms
Senior Research Associate, Callie Kaplan, with Suniya Farooqi (Data Analyst) and David Li (Research Fellow), recently partnered with New Moms to conduct a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis. New Moms, based in Austin on the West Side of Chicago, provides transitional supportive housing, family support and job training services for young moms and their children. An SROI takes a holistic approach to understanding the economic, social and environmental impacts of policies or programs.
Sharing the Impact of Heartland Human Care Services
Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) has numerous initiatives underway to examine their quality of programming, satisfaction of participants, and impact of programs. One of these work streams has been collecting outcomes data and using findings to inform decision-making. Ali Carella, Senior Research Associate with the Social IMPACT Research Center, helps lead this charge and support much of HHCS's data strategy. Recently, Ali, Mike (Research Associate) and Suniya (Data Analyst) completed a fiscal year in review for HHCS.
The year in review included a participant satisfaction survey analysis and an annual outcomes report. The survey analysis showed a tremendous increase in participation compared to last year and HHCS programs are currently in the process of creating action plans to address small tests of change, given the findings. Getting into the weeds of participant data, allows us to better understand how certain combinations of services help grow impact. In the coming year, HHCS is committed to use their own data to help make smart decisions about how to maximize impact and support participants fully in their journey out of poverty. Learn more about HHCS' work.
Are you looking for an opportunity to help in the fight to end poverty? Then apply today to join Heartland Alliance's Research & Policy team as our newest Fellow. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide training and development for individuals interested in advancing policy change. The fellow will support Heartland Alliance’s work to advance policies and systems change that address poverty and inequity, while developing relationships with advocates, funders, providers, and decision-makers.
What We're Reading
Amber Crossen, Communications Coordinator, is reading...
The Opportunity Agenda’s Social Justice Phrase Guide has acted as an important reminder for me about the power of language. The words that we use are so crucial in the stories we tell, tweets we send, and even the fact sheets we create. This guide has been my go-to tool to crafting inclusive messages. It is a great resource to help communicators, like myself, think deeply about how we are describing people, populations, and experiences. The words we use have immense power and it is up to all of us to use that power in a way that is inclusive, respectful and "puts personhood first and emphasizes humanity."