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Client Surveys Indicate 21 Percent Live in Overcrowded Conditions

Severin Saenz of MEDA’s Evaluation team needed to be creative and strategic when she decided it would be valuable to do a survey of clients’ housing arrangements. What would be the relevant questions that would provide needed insight? What would be culturally relevant to Latino respondents, her target audience. To determine the best questions, Saenz…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Survey Showcases the Continued Need to Strengthen the Mission’s Latino Community

by Director of Program Evaluation, Learning & Impact Morgan Buras-Finlay The Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) has released a report, “The Story of the Mission Promise Neighborhood Community: Results and Trends from the 2014 & 2016 MPN Neighborhood Survey,” offering an in-depth analysis of ongoing neighborhood need. Families living in the Mission or with a child going to…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Data-Sharing Tool Showcased by MEDA in Salesforce Webinar

Data. Information. Facts. No matter how you say it, sharing data can be powerful, but it takes the right opportunity and a team of experts to make that a reality. That opportunity came from the Department of Education three years ago, with the creation and funding of the Mission Promise Neighborhood – a federal initiative…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Data Sharing Among Partners Now a Reality

“The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.” –Arthur C. Nielsen, market researcher and founder of ACNielsen  The need and challenge Michelle Reiss-Top (photo, top right) definitely understands the aforementioned quote about data. MEDA’s technology and data systems manager was tasked with implementing and optimizing Salesforce internally–a Herculean task by itself. Imagine…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Releases School Climate Survey to Community

As part of the Promise Neighborhood grant, the United States Department of Education (DoE) mandates that all Promise Neighborhood grantees administer an annual school climate survey, at their target middle and high schools, to understand the impact of the initiative on students. Findings from the first school climate survey for the Mission Promise Neighborhood are…

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MEDA Workforce Development Program: Year One Goals Surpassed in Just 10 Months

“When the team was hired to launch MEDA’s new Workforce Development Program a year ago, we knew it would be challenging, but previous experiences taught us that hard work, relationships and quality are key to making it through the startup phase,” states Chris Tugwell, MEDA Workforce Manager, as he looks onto the bustling Mission Street…

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MEDA Evaluation Team Assists Mission Promise Neighborhood Partners

Evaluation (noun) assessment, appraisal, judgment, gauging, rating, estimation, consideration; analysis, examination, checkup, workup, test, review.  When MEDA worked with San Francisco city agencies and a cadre of community nonprofit service providers to obtain a $30 million federal grant to start the Mission Promise Neighborhood, based on the successful Harlem’s Children Zone in New York, it…

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Numbers Crunched on Mission District San Francisco Housing Crunch

The Evaluation Task When Severin Saenz of MEDA’s adroit Evaluation Team received a request to delve into tax stats from the 2014 season, she knew some interesting community facts would be ascertained. Little did she realize to what extent. Saenz was tasked with gleaning information from approximately 3,400 tax returns–prepared for free by MEDA staff…

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