CCF GRANTEES IMPROVE DATA USE TO BOOST PERFORMANCE
MDRC’s fourth brief, Beyond Reporting: Using Data as a Performance Management Tool, continues to chronicle the progress of the Change Capital Fund (CCF) grantees to help move individuals and communities up the economic ladder. This brief focuses on how the CCF initiative has altered staff perceptions and uses of data, moving from data collection to using data to improve programs and outcomes for participants.
NEW SETTLEMENT APARTMENTS TEEN EXPANDS EDUCATIONAL HORIZONS
Over the past three years, our grantees have improved the lives and economic prosperity of nearly 10,000 individuals in some of the most poverty-entrenched neighborhoods in New York City. Their success stems from a stick-to-it approach that results in a continuum of services to help put individuals on the road to economic independence.
Take T.C., a young woman who over the past few years has been helped by New Settlement Apartments.
When T.C was 13, she witnessed a shooting that resulted in her experiencing debilitating anxiety and post-traumatic stress. She was unable to attend high school and, sometimes, she couldn’t even leave her home.
At the age of 17, T.C decided to take charge of her life. She was determined to earn her High School Equivalency Diploma and enrolled in New Settlement Apartments’ Pathways to Graduation program. Her tenacity and drive helped her stay focused and she qualified for the exam in just two months. Moreover, she passed with the highest score of any participant.
New Settlement Apartments then provided T.C. with the opportunity to buildon her success of earning a diploma, enrolling her in the Young Adult Opportunity Initiative (Y.A.O.I) program. There, job developers helped her gain part-time employment at the Hyde Leadership Charter School as a Tutor for young students.
But, they didn’t stop there. New Settlement Apartments’ College Access Center helped get T.C on the path to college. She will be a freshman at Rhode Island College this fall.
Enterprise, in partnership with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, has provided $3.5 million in funding to four New York State municipalities and counties to establish or strengthen Community Land Trusts (CLTs) that preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities. In New York City, $1.65 million will help expand the city’s only CLT and support two new ones as well as support a learning exchange for nascent CLTs.