Today more than ever, funders and stakeholders expect community-based organizations to collect and analyze data to report on their outcomes. The “outcome investing approach” and “outcomes-based approach” set forth by the Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation are just two expressions of such expectation. A project I am currently working on has given my colleagues and me the opportunity to observe and think deeply about how community organizations use data.
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Across the country, community collaboratives are partnering with researchers to use data to improve the lives of youth. #communitycollabs is a newsfeed featuring timely information on this topic.
The John W. Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth.
A new book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute includes a chapter on the Youth Sector by the Gardner Center's Milbrey McLaughlin and UCSC's Rebecca London.
DATE: Monday, May 4, 2015
Many California school districts have dramatically reduced funding for health and wellness staff and programming for students, but this may be shortsighted. Our research provides evidence indicating that when district-level wellness coordinators become involved in school health, there can be increased integration of wellness programs within and across schools, reaching more students equitably and leveraging existing resources.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has tapped the Gardner Center’s founding director, Milbrey McLaughlin, for membership in the honorary learned society. Milbrey, an expert in education policy, school-community collaborations, and youth outcomes, joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders in academia, arts, public affairs, science, and humanities. This honor comes just a week after Milbrey received a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Educational Research Association.
Researchers Monika Sanchez & Laurel Sipes on our collaboration with the Mission Promise Neighborhood Initiative.