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Nutrition Education and Food Access Evaluation Report (2022)

September 13, 2022

The project evaluated examined the use of agricultural education in the ECE setting inClayton County, GA. The project measured teachers' self-efficacy and level ofreadiness to employ Farm to ECE (FTECE) practices, and explored parents' andcommunity members' perceptions about fruit and vegetable access andpromotion. 

Evaluation of the Law Enforcement Leadership for Equity Initiative

April 21, 2021

Evaluation of the Law Enforcement Leadership for Equity (LELE) initiative between the Center forChildren's Law and Policy (CCLP) and four law enforcement departments revealed that law enforcementagencies can achieve policy change goals within one year, confirming that CCLP's process and focus onagency leadership can successfully support reforms in that relatively short time. However, gaps betweenpolicy changes and targeted measurable outcomes evidenced that more work remains for lawenforcement agencies and youth justice professionals working toward racial equity.

Community Engagement; Racial Equity and Healing

Healthy Corner Store Project Evaluation

April 15, 2021

Beginning in 2013, HOPE Collaborative (HOPE) designed, launched, and implemented the Healthy Corner Store Project (HCSP). The HCSP focuses on the flatland neighborhoods of East Oakland with the broad goals of connecting small stores with financing opportunities, technical assistance, and communitysupport to increase the amount of fresh or prepared healthy foods offered. With the help of community recommendations and referrals in 2014, HOPE initially identified six stores in which to implement the project. Due to multiple factors including external economic pressures faced by stores, as of 2021, two of the original stores, One Stop and Three Amigos, remain active with the HCSP. This document briefly summarizes HCSP's initial and current program models and findings from previous evaluation activities,sales data and customer surveys, conducted at the two participating stores

Food Systems

Elmhurst Neighborhood Initiative Evaluation

March 1, 2021

The way a community shapes their city, in turn shapes them. There is growing recognition that wherepeople live, work, and play has a significant impact on one's mental, physical, social, environmental, andeconomic well-being.1It is through this lens that communities in the U.S. are exploring ways that canbetter foster healthier outcomes and eliminate health inequities. One such strategy is theimplementation of neighborhood planning initiatives that can rebuild and revitalize equitable spaces thatreflect the needs and wants of local community residents. 

Community Engagement

Grand Rapids Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessment

October 20, 2020

In Winter 2020, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation engaged Regionerate LLC to assess the Grand Rapids Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. The goal of the project was to better understand current assets in the startup and small business ownership community related to innovation, talent, place-building, access to capital, entrepreneurship education and training, and small business assistance.This report presents initial findings and recommendations designed to build capacity for entrepreneurs of all types and sizes with a special focus on increasing underrepresented minority business participation in the historically high-growth economy of Grand Rapids. In order to foster a strong entrepreneurial network and attract additional outside resources, Regionerate offers high-level findings and recommendations to guide WKKF and other investors in: (1) delivering programs that broadly serve the entire network; (2) piloting programs that fill demonstrated gaps in the ecosystem and ultimately spin into the network; and (3) funding or scaling established powerful programs to reach more entrepreneurs.Evaluation ObjectiveThe purpose of the evaluation is to provide an objective, third-party perspective on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, including the current resource providers, resource connectivity, and gaps for stages of business development and growth. 

Cultivating a Community of Champions for Children: Through Transformative Family Engagement

July 30, 2019

This report shows how equity-based family engagement helps parents and caretakers in underserved communities become effective advocates and culture-bearers in schools, which boosts educational quality and relevance.

The Mission Aligned Framework for Investing: Maximizing the Impact of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Mission Driven Investment Portfolio

July 2, 2019

The Mission Aligned Framework for Investing, introduced in this report, is a management and governance tool created by KKS Advisors on behalf of the Kellogg Foundation. It offers a set of determinants related to our programmatic strategy and desired outcomes. As we evaluate our investments, this analysis is contributing to our thinking and ongoing measurement of sustained impact. We offer this report as a resource for the field and a tool for other organizations exploring mechanisms to evaluate the social effect of investments in pursuit of deep impact.

Impact Investing

Healthcare Workforce Development Academy: A Catalyst for Action to Increase Employer Investments in Frontline Workers

May 1, 2019

Frontline, entry level healthcare workers are in high demand. In today's competitive labor market, healthcare employers are searching for evidence based strategies to recruit and retain these essential workers. Although many entry level positions are low paying, the healthcare industry offers career pathways to positions that provide family sustaining wages. However, industry leaders sometimes fail to recognize the valuable contributions of frontline staff and underinvest in their development. CareerSTAT is leading to change this. An employer-led healthcare initiative of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, CareerSTAT seeks to increase employer investment in the skills and careers of frontline healthcare workers. The initiative achieves its goals by engaging a national network of over 300 professionals in peer learning, documenting industry practices, recognizing "champion" organizations, and providing technical assistance. To accelerate the adoption of evidence based practices and increase investment in frontline workers, the National Fund created the CareerSTAT Healthcare Workforce Development Academy (Academy).

Family Economic Security Action Alliance Evaluation

October 1, 2018

This report presents the major findings of an evaluation on the effectiveness of the 2017-18 CFLeads Family Economic Security Action Alliance (FES Action Alliance). The program, offered by CFLeads, enlisted the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and The Democracy Collaborative as content partners and was supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The FES Action Alliance brought together six community foundations from around the country to increase each team's knowledge of family economic security, build peerconnections, seed potential collaborations, and make tangible progress toward addressing a family economic security challenge in the participants' respective communities. Staff from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and The Democracy Collaborative served as coaches for the individual teams, content providers, and facilitators along with CFLeads staff. This summary highlights the strongest findings from surveys and interviews used to evaluate the FES Action Alliance process and its outcomes.

Employment Equity

Best Babies Zone: Year 6 Evaluation Report

February 1, 2018

The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative, launched in 2012 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a place-based, multi-site, multi-sector approach to reducing disparities in infant mortality and birth outcomes. Through community mobilization and local partnerships, the Initiative aims to increase health equity by supporting solutions driven by resident needs in neighborhoods most impacted by disparities in birth outcomes. The BBZ Initiative began with three pilot Zones, now known as Cohort 1: Castlemont, Oakland; Hollygrove, New Orleans; and Price Hill, Cincinnati. Over the last two years, the Initiative brought on six new Zones across the United States (Cohorts 2 and 3) and Initiative leadership, based at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health (UCB), transitioned to a Technical Assistance Center focused on providing a cross-Zone learning community, resources and information, and evaluation support.As part of the transition to a Technical Assistance Center in 2017, BBZ staff at UCB–referred to throughout this report as BBZ National–continued to develop a suite of tools and best practices to support the work of Zones as well as other organizations engaged in maternal and child health birth equity work. The most comprehensive resource developed to date is the Best Babies Zone Basics step-by-step guide, which BBZ National published in December 2017. BBZ Basics is a guide for organizations in public health as well as other sectors to use when exploring or beginning to implement a place-based, multi-sector, community-driven approach to reducing racial inequities in infant mortality. It includes support for each phase of the work, including planning, engaging residents, building a multi-sector collaborative, and establishing a Zone strategy.Year six of the BBZ evaluation continued to focus on providing ongoing, developmental learning, demonstrating outcomes, and supporting the internal evaluation capacity of BBZ National. Key areas of emphasis in 2017 included assessing the TA provided to new Zones, and learning about ongoing work in pilot Zones. In addition, the evaluation team provided TA to new Zones to support local, Zone-specific evaluation activities, and continued to support efforts in Cohort 1 Zones when needed. In a new approach to reporting, the Harder+Company evaluation team provided rapid feedback memos throughout the year to support BBZ National in evaluating TA support and determining where additional support was needed.

Maternal and Child Health

Executive Summary of Results and Learnings of COFI’s Expansion and Replication Project 2014 to 2017

December 20, 2017

In seven communities across Illinois, from spring of 2014 through fall of 2017, Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) recruited, trained and supported 591 low-income parents of color in becoming civic leaders. These communities were new to COFI, which had for 20 years worked primarily with elementary school parents in Chicago neighborhoods: the expansion sought to test COFI's effectiveness in diverse communities and with younger parents of children ages 0-8. After three-and-a-half years we can convincingly say that "Yes, the COFI model translates well to a broad range of constituencies – urban, suburban, and more isolated smaller cities across the state and teen parents, fathers and families with very young children".

Success Story: COFI Scales Parent Engagement Work to New Communities and Constitutiencies - Wins Local and Statewide Change for Families and Young Children

December 19, 2017

An evaluative paper to explore findings on: How well does the COFI model work with a range of parents andcommunities to engage parents as leaders in their families, schools, communities and in building a powerful voice forparents on policy and systems change goals on behalf of young children and their families?

Community Engagement

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