Defining Group Care Programs

An index of reporting standards

This paper makes a clear case for revolutionizing reporting standards for group care programs. Readers will learn how the field’s current approach paints an all-to-generic picture of programs while failing to define what works—and what doesn’t—in terms of serving today’s youth. New comprehensive standards, introduced in this report, can both expand what we know about group care practice and inject some much-needed nuance into this muddied field. 

October 20, 2011

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Ten Years of the EITC Movement

Making Work Pay Then and Now

This report discusses why the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an important credit for America’s working families because it encourages work and reduces poverty.

April 1, 2011

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Learning While Doing in the Human Services Sector

Becoming a Learning Organization through Organizational Change

This summary report describes the origins, processes and outcomes of the learning-while-doing approach and presents lessons learned from Casey Family Services that other child welfare providers and human service organizations may apply as they engage in organizational change.

January 15, 2011

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Measuring Change While Changing Measures

Learning In, and From, the Evaluation of Making Connections

This report summarizes the insights and emerging lessons from the efforts to evaluate the Foundation’s decade-long, multisite Making Connections community change initiative.  

January 10, 2011

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The Adolescent Brain, Executive Summary

New Research and its Implications for Young People Transitioning from Foster Care, Executive Summary

This executive summary of a new study by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative looks at mounting evidence that the human brain is still a work in progress and can be successfully “rewired” during and even beyond the teenage years, making the case for reforming the nation’s foster-care system stronger than ever.

January 1, 2011

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Next Generation Organizations

9 Key Traits

What does a next generation organization look like? CompassPoint Nonprofit Services has developed an organizational self-assessment and reflection tool that offers a list of characteristics. This paper draws on examples from two nonprofits to demonstrate how certain traits are made operational.

January 1, 2011

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Shared Prosperity, Stronger Regions

An Agenda for Rebuilding America's Older Core Cities

This report explores the opportunities and challenges confronting older core cities by looking closely at five of them: Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

January 1, 2011

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