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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

September 1, 2013

The Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. Although many resources exist that explain how to invest for both social impact and financial return, the Field Guide is the first comprehensive resource to specifically focus on the needs of a community foundation.

Ohio Student Mobility Research: Statewide Overview

November 1, 2012

In 2011, Community Research Partners (CRP) and The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Fordham) entered into a partnership to conduct research on student mobility in Ohio. Fordham, a national leader in advancing educational excellence through quality research, commentary, and advocacy, wanted to build on their recent research on student mobility in the Dayton area and examine student mobility throughout the state. CRP brought to the project its experience in undertaking research on student mobility in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) and in processing and analyzing student-level records from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).In June 2011, Fordham provided CRP with a planning grant to develop a workable research plan. ODE provided CRP with student-records from the Education Management Information System (EMIS). Beginning with the 2008 -- 2009 school year, EMIS has included unique student identifiers that charter schools in Ohio. With assistance from ODE staff in understanding and using the EMIS data, CRP analyzed student records for Franklin County districts. The outcome of the planning phase was a design for a large-scale study of student mobility in Ohio, to be conducted by CRP. Work on the project began in February 2012.

Home Insecurity 2012: Foreclosures and Housing in Ohio

April 3, 2012

Analyzes trends in the number of new foreclosure filings, developments in prevention efforts, and data on mortgage defaults and negative equity. Makes policy recommendations for strengthening stability among individuals, families, and communities.

Implementing Education Policy: Getting From What Now? to What Works

October 20, 2011

Outlines key lessons from the 2011 Education Grantmakers Institute about funding the implementation of policy change as well as advocacy and building public will. Offers framework for planning, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and communication.

Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni

May 3, 2011

Presents findings from a survey of visual and performing arts graduates about current employment, satisfaction with training and careers, ability to continue to create or perform, and elements needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers.

Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio 2011

March 31, 2011

There is a growing interest among large foundations in Ohio in supporting economic development activities in the state. According to Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio, grant dollars in this category increased from $24.5 million in 2005 to $62 million in 2008, a 152% upswing. As a share of total giving in Ohio, economic development grants doubled, from 7 to 14 percent. In 2008, nearly half of these grant dollars supported employment training and services, and a quarter went for urban development projects.

Life After Prison: Tracking the Experiences of Male Prisoners Returning to Chicago, Cleveland, and Houston

May 15, 2010

Examines the reentry experiences of 652 men in the three cities, including housing stability, family relationships, substance use, employment, and recidivism. Analyzes outcome predictors such as prison programs, job training, and family structure.

Restoring Prosperity: Transforming Ohio's Communities for the Next Economy

February 24, 2010

Offers short-, medium-, and long-term policy options to transform Ohio's economy into a regionally and globally competitive one by building on metropolitan-area assets, catalyzing transformative changes in governance, and engaging the federal government.

Regional Economic Impacts of Electric Drive Vehicles and Technologies: Case Study of the Greater Cleveland Area

May 31, 2009

Explores the economic and regional impact of increasing electric transportation through plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and related technologies, under five price scenarios and two models. Examines aspects of industrial development needed to support it.

Great Lakes Wind Energy Center Feasibility Study: Final Feasibility Report

May 1, 2009

Reports findings on the feasibility of a pilot offshore wind energy project in Lake Erie near downtown Cleveland. Assesses foundation design, environmental impact, capital and operating costs under eight scenarios, and public and community support.

Growing Ohio's Green Energy Economy

March 25, 2009

Provides an overview of the state's solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy and fuel cell industries and assesses their economic contribution and potential for growth. Recommends policies to encourage further green energy development and job creation.

Cleveland Schools That Are Making a Difference

April 25, 2008

Profiles thirteen Cleveland schools -- a cross section of traditional public, private, parochial, and charter schools, where the majority of students are economically disadvantaged -- that have demonstrated progress in student achievement gains.