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In 2008, Lumina asked SPEC Associates (SPEC) to evaluate the foundation's grant making aimed at improving the productivity of higher education through statewide policy and program change. The initiative was initially known as Making Opportunity Affordable and later became known more broadly as Lumina's higher education productivity initiative. Eleven states received planning grants in 2008 and a year later seven of these states received multi-year grants to implement their productivity plans. In 2009, Lumina published Four Steps to Finishing First in Higher Education to frame the content of its productivity work. In 2010, the foundation, working with HCM Strategists, launched the Strategy Labs Network to deliver just-in-time technical assistance, engagement, informationsharing and convenings to states. Lumina engaged SPEC to evaluate these productivity investments in the seven states through exploring this over-arching question: What public will building, advocacy, public policy changes, and system or statewide practices are likely to impact higher education productivity for whom and in what circumstances, and which of these are likely to be sustainable, transferable, and/or scalable?
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Montana Food Bank Network. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2006,
conducted for America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 52,000 clients served by the A2H food bank network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 30,000 A2H agencies. The study summarized below focuses mainly on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the A2H network.
Key Findings: The A2H system served by the Montana Food Bank Network provides food for an
estimated 80,200 different people annually.33% of the members of households served by the Montana Food Bank Network
are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).57% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 87% are food insecure and 44% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).60% of clients served by the Montana Food Bank Network report having to choose
between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).32% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).20% of households served by the Montana Food Bank Network report having at
least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Montana Food Bank Network included approximately 154 agencies at the
administration of this survey, of which 97 have responded to the agency survey.
Of the responding agencies, 79 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or
shelter.30% of pantries, 50% of kitchens, and 26% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).70% of pantries, 49% of kitchens, and 18% of shelters of the Montana Food Bank
Network reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in the number of
clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,
accounting for 62% of the food used by pantries, 16% of kitchens' food, and 23%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).For the Montana Food Bank Network, 90% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 68%
of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
National Foster Care Coalition;
This publication examines how the Chafee educational and training vouchers and other state-based supports for higher education have been working for these young adults. The National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) has worked closely with six states to examine the implementation of the Chafee ETV Program since its inception in 2003: California, Maine, Montana, New York, North Carolina, and Wyoming. These states were selected to provide a diverse view of ETV program implementation, including state- and county-administered child welfare programs, urban and rural programs, and programs serving either very large or very small populations of youth. This publication documents a select number of young people's experiences with the ETV program and also shares recommendations from constituents and other stakeholders on how to improve this unique and important postsecondary education and training program.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
Pacific Community Ventures;
Impact measurement is central to the practice of mission investing, allowing mission investors to understand if their investments are meeting their goals and furthering their mission. The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) has worked with PCV InSight for eight years to evaluate and understand the impact of its mission-related investment, Invest Northwest. In this white paper, we detail how the fund has delivered consistent social impact since its inception, including: strong job growth; steady increases in annual median wages; and higher employee wages than at other private businesses nationally and regionally.
Sightline Institute (formerly Northwest Environment Watch);
"Property Wrongs," a report by Seattle-based Sightline Institute, documents a growing backlash against "property rights" initiatives by chronicling six stories of Oregon communities deeply affected by Oregon's Measure 37.
The report also examines the implications for Washington and other states considering similar initiatives this fall, including Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and California, which are all modeled after Measure 37.
Public Citizen's Congress Watch;
A wealthy New York developer coordinated an $8 million campaign to enact state ballot initiatives that would eviscerate state environmental safeguards in four Western states and threaten to bankrupt the state treasuries.
Organizations connected to Howie Rich have primarily funded the initiatives to allow individual landowners to claim compensation from state and local governments for any decrease in property value as a result of planning, environmental or other government protections. They will be on the ballot in four states on Election Day: Arizona (Proposition 207), California (Proposition 90), Idaho (Proposition 2) and Washington (Initiative 933).
Similar initiatives were bounced -- in full or in part -- from ballots in Oklahoma and Nevada because courts there found that the structure of the initiatives violated those states' requirements that ballot initiatives embrace only a single subject. In Montana, a court found that proponents engaged in massive fraud in the petition drive to win a spot on the ballot.
The campaigns falsely advertise the initiatives as necessary to prevent governments from condemning property owners' land, but they instead are intended to serve as cash cows for developers. If approved, they would leave governments with an unacceptable choice between rolling back decades of environmental protection rules -- such as those to combat sprawl, protect wetlands and preserve clean air and clean water -- or paying bounties to developers as compensation for restrictions on using their land however they please.
Profiles states' progress in developing and implementing medical home programs, strategies to encourage primary care providers' adoption, and states' ability to convene stakeholders, help improve and evaluate performance, and address antitrust concerns.
Presents case studies of states reducing Medicaid beneficiaries' costly hospital visits by helping FQHCs and primary care providers collaborate to offer community-based medical homes and access to services. Explores the 2010 healthcare reform's impact.
Profiles Arizona's efforts to raise higher education productivity -- delivering quality education to more students at lower cost -- via partnerships between community colleges and state universities. Lists initiatives in other grantee states.
Presents the experiences of five provider organizations in developing, testing, and implementing four types of electronic quality-of-care indicators based on EHR data. Discusses challenges, and compares results with those from traditional indicators.