CF Insights asks a very simple but important question: "What if each community foundation could know what all community foundations collectively know?" This collection features research produced and funded by community foundations, and other resources relevant to the field. Contact us at cfinsights@candid.org and visit us at cfinsights.candid.org.

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Catalyzing Networks for Social Change

October 24, 2011

Explains how funders can "catalyze" networks to address complex, interconnected issues: weave social ties; access diverse perspectives; openly build and share knowledge; create infrastructure for widespread engagement; and coordinate resources and action.

Making the Grade: A Scorecard for State Health Insurance Exchanges

October 18, 2011

Assesses states' progress in creating exchanges and grades established exchanges on policies regarding governance and structure, negotiating power and ability to drive value, consumer experience, and stability, including protection from adverse selection.

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.

The Cost of Care: Can Coloradans Afford Health Care

April 29, 2009

Assesses the affordability of health care for Colorado families of different income levels by examining how much they have available to spend on health care and what trade-offs they must make to obtain it. Considers policy implications for affordability.

Health and Prisoner Reentry: How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration

February 1, 2008

Documents the health challenges released prisoners face and the impact of physical health conditions, mental illness, and substance abuse on the reentry process, including finding housing and employment, reconnecting with family, and avoiding recidivism.

Are HOPE VI Families at Greater Risk for Homelessness?

June 1, 2007

Examines whether federal HOPE VI relocation initiatives increase the chances that original residents will be at greater risk of homelessness. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Hope VI'd and on the Move

June 1, 2007

Examines whether the federal HOPE VI housing program has successfully improved living environments for the majority of residents. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Housing Choice Vouchers: How HOPE VI Families Fared in the Private Market

June 1, 2007

Examines the relocation experiences of HOPE VI housing program residents who used a voucher to find new homes, both in and out of public housing. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Moving On: Benefits and Challenges of HOPE VI for Children

June 1, 2007

Examines the well-being of children in the federal HOPE VI housing program in the areas of behavior, health, and school engagement. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Poor Health: Adding Insult to Injury for HOPE VI Families

June 1, 2007

Examines the poor overall health status and debilitating medical conditions reported by many residents in the HOPE VI housing program. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Relocation Is Not Enough: Employment Barriers Among HOPE VI Families

June 1, 2007

Examines whether the federal HOPE VI housing program has affected employment rates among residents, and identifies barriers to workforce participation. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.

Safety Is the Most Important Thing: How HOPE VI Helped Families

June 1, 2007

Examines whether the federal HOPE VI housing program has succeeded in its goal of improving residents' life circumstances and safety and alleviating their fear of crime. Based on surveys of residents at five Hope VI public housing sites.