Moving Beyond Job Creation: Defining and Measuring the Creation of Quality Jobs

FavoriteThis report discusses how through a better understanding of what defines a quality job and a set of practical methods for measuring the quality of jobs created, we believe Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and others in the impact investing community will be better positioned to make more effective investments that support good jobs for workers, businesses, and communities.      

Embedded Foundations: Advancing Community Change and Empowerment

Favorite In this article, the authors describe the distinction between embedded funding approaches and other conventional efforts. Then, using the experience extracted from case studies of selected embedded foundation efforts, they delineate several key methods involved and discuss implications for future work.

Foundation Readiness for Community Transformation: Learning in Real Time

FavoriteThis article describes the internal structures and processes adopted by The Skillman Foundation to support the iterative practice of “learning and doing” in the first phase of a rapidly evolving, ambitious community change enterprise in six Detroit neighborhoods. The foundation created a “learning team” that used a program logic model and other evaluation and learning mechanisms to foster ongoing candid discussion and build capacity to work in new ways. Although it is still a work in progress, logic model thinking is leading to greater clarity about the activities and intended results.