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Innovations in NYC Health and Human Services Policy: Strengthening Nonprofits through Effective Cross-Center Collaborations (Research Brief)
Saunji Fyffe, Carol J. De Vita

Like most cities, New York City counts on government, business, and nonprofit organizations to work together to create supportive, safe, and productive environments. Although building and sustaining effective partnerships can be mutually beneficial, it is seldom easy to achieve. This brief describes how New York City government and area nonprofits worked together to build meaningful partnerships and collaborations during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration while strengthening the capacity of nonprofit agencies. This brief is one in a series examining selected social service initiatives undertaken during the Bloomberg administration.

Posted to Web: March 17, 2014Publication Date: March 17, 2014

Innovations in NYC Health and Human Services Policy: Procurement and Shared Services (Research Brief)
Carol J. De Vita, Sarah L. Pettijohn

Nonprofit organizations are a vital partner to government in the delivery of human services. Through government contracts, nonprofits deliver a broad range of essential services to local residents. This brief examines three New York City initiatives to improve procurement, save money, and help city agencies and local nonprofits function more efficiently. Undertaken with guidance from the Strengthening Nonprofits Task Force, these initiatives feature innovative uses of electronic storage and information sharing. This brief is one in a series examining selected social service initiatives undertaken during the Bloomberg administration.

Posted to Web: March 17, 2014Publication Date: March 17, 2014

Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report (Research Report)
Nancy G. La Vigne, Samuel Bieler, Lindsey Cramer, Helen Ho, Cybele Kotonias, Debbie Mayer, Dave McClure, Laura Pacifici, Erika Parks, Bryce Peterson, Julie Samuels

Seventeen Justice Reinvestment Initiative states are projected to save as much as $4.6 billion through reforms that increase the efficiency of their criminal justice systems. Eight states that had JRI policies in effect for at least one year – Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina – reduced their prison populations. Through the Initiative, states receive federal dollars to assess and improve their criminal justice systems while enhancing public safety. This report chronicles 17 states as they enacted comprehensive criminal justice reforms relying on bipartisan and interbranch collaboration. The study notes common factors that drove prison growth and costs and documents how each state responded with targeted policies.

Posted to Web: January 27, 2014Publication Date: January 27, 2014

17 States Expected to Lower Prisoner Populations, Slow Prison Growth, and Save Billions through Innovative Justice Reforms: Urban Institute Assesses Impact of Federally-Funded Justice Reinvestment Initiative (Press Release)
Urban Institute

Seventeen Justice Reinvestment Initiative states are projected to save as much as $4.6 billion through reforms that increase the efficiency of their criminal justice systems. Eight states that had JRI policies in effect for at least one year – Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina – reduced their prison populations. Through the Initiative, states receive federal dollars to assess and improve their criminal justice systems while enhancing public safety. This report chronicles 17 states as they enacted comprehensive criminal justice reforms relying on bipartisan and interbranch collaboration. The study notes common factors that drove prison growth and costs and documents how each state responded with targeted policies.

Posted to Web: January 27, 2014Publication Date: January 27, 2014

An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program (Research Report)
Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley, Erwin de Leon, Saunji Fyffe, Sarah L. Pettijohn

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) so they could contribute to economic recovery and help ensure that information and services available through ARRA reached disadvantaged populations. An extensive evaluation undertaken by the Urban Institute assessed SCF services, promising practices, and challenges that emerged during the two-year SCF initiative. It found many FBCOs assisted through SCF reported expanding their organizational capacity, however measuring SCF's return on investment was inconclusive because of the relatively short timeframe that SCF operated.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2013Publication Date: July 11, 2013

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