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					FY2011 Mid Year Data Report – Massachusetts
Bay and Merrimack Valley
A national perspective…

“Years of economic uncertainty have forced nonprofits to adjust to
    the ‘new normal’ of scarce resources and increased demand.
    Some of the adjustments we’re seeing are creative and healthy –
    such as strategic collaborations to improve impact in a
    community. Other effects – layoffs, people who need services
    being turned away, organizations operating at deficit or with no
    cash -- are further compromising the social safety net at a great
    cost to America”
-- Nonprofit Finance Fund survey of 1,900 nonprofits

          We are hearing much the same story from you…
  How are we doing?

                            Measures                                   Number and        Status
                                                                         Percent
All measures in Healthy Child Development, three in Increasing Youth   10 or 77% of 13
Opportunities, and four in Family Financial Stability                   direct service
Staff assessment confident that target total will be met                  measures

Two measures in Increasing Youth Opportunities, and one in Family
Financial Stability
                                                                          3 or 23%
Staff assessment that there is some concern about achieving target
totals


                                            Agencies
• 105 agencies (68%) expect to meet all targets (374 target contributions in total)
• 23 agencies (15%) expect to meet 50% or fewer of targets (45 contributions in all)
• Of these, 6 agencies (4%) expect to fall short in all targets
    Healthy Child Development

Measures                                                FY11     FY11        Percent      Status
                                                       Target   Mid Year   Expected to
                                                                           Reach Target


Number of children screened for developmental or       14,923    9,821
behavioral concerns or delays
Number of children assessed for developmental or                              85%
behavioral concerns or delays                          16,437   10,925

Number of children with developmental or
behavioral concerns or delays who received
intervention and treatment services                    9,815     6,704        95%


Number of caregivers benefitting from family support
programs
                                                       4,382     5,658        100%
Children – behind the numbers
Successes
Screening and Assessment – use of standardized tools becoming more widespread; important to
    gain engagement with families of children for screening because ultimately they have to follow up
    with referrals; agencies now screening because it is seen as a QRIS standard and a UW best
    practice.
Intervention and Treatment – using money to increase staff time to do more (deeper) on site
    consultation, classroom support, social skills group, allowing the agency to serve more kids, and
    have deeper relationships with staff
Strong, Competent Families – Some programs are using more rigorous measures to track
    progress, but these are generally showing lower improvements than agencies that are mainly
    using anecdotes and/or clinical judgment to demonstrate improvement.
Challenges
•   Transition to using standardized assessment tool is harder than they expected, there is a need
    for more trainings.
•   For children with multiple developmental delays problems result from the state-funded protective
    cases being closed and the treatment plans being interrupted; vouchers don’t extend beyond
    case closure
•   Some agencies noted that because their catchment area is being redefined and expanded,
    families and children are required to travel a long time to get to services
Increasing Youth Opportunities
Measures                                                    FY11     FY11        Percent       FY11
                                                           Target   Mid Year   Expected to    Status
                                                                               Reach Target


Number of youth engaged in one-to-one or group
mentoring relationships                                    7,126     6,026         82%

Number of youth expected to reach outcomes for
civic engagement and leadership                            8,903     8,221         88%

Number of youth in positive behavior programs
                                                           15,347   10,445         82%

Number of youth in college/work ready programs
•Academic support                                          21,044    16,184
•Work ready                                                3,005     2,993         89%
•Alternative education                                     1,304     1,087

•Number of households participating in family engagement
programs                                                   7,139     8,187
•Number of parent/caregivers expected to be better able    2,313     1,659         94%
to support their children (mental health services)
Youth – behind the numbers

Successes
•  Mentoring -- capacity-building works to improve quality of mentoring relationship and use of
   measurement tools; increase in partnerships with colleges
•  Civic Engagement – increasingly seen as a “core component” of agency work
•  College and Work Ready -- strong partnerships are developing with schools to improve focus on
   academic success; agencies themselves recognized as significant employers of youth and
   successful in building job skills
•  Positive Behavior– forming solid partnerships with other agencies to provide wrap-around
   services and referrals
•  Family Engagement – structured workplans are successfully focusing on drawing parents into
   activities
•  Parent Mental Health -- increased access for families through Children’s Behavioral Health
   Initiative Community Service Agency contracts
Challenges
•  Recruiting mentors and job opportunities from corporations – agencies interested in what UW can
   do to foster relationships
•  Three largest contributors falling short of targets in academic support programs
•  Hiring qualified staff, funding cuts and low public reimbursement rates – challenge working with
   high risk youth and providing mental health services for parents
 Family Financial Stability
Measures                                                         FY11          FY11           Percent            FY11
                                                                Target        Mid Year      Expected to         Status
                                                                                            Reach Target


Number of individuals who have obtained or retained
affordable housing
•Obtain housing                                                  3,456          1,554
                                                                                                 76%
•Retain housing                                                  10,064

Number basic skills or job skills gained by individuals
                                                                15,061          9,200            92%

Number of individuals who have gained employment
•Legal status                                                    2,855          1,927            93%
•Obtain employment                                               5,477          3,384
•Retain employment                                               3,584          2,437

Number of economic milestones or assets gained by
individuals                                                     28,135         21,824            83%

Number of housing units produced or preserved
•Produced                                                         644            193             68%
•Preserved/Managed                                               7,640          6,660

Basic Needs: 169,000 people received financial assistance and 325,000 households received food aid through the Family
Financial Stability Fund. 32,000 people received help with entitlements, emergency assistance or case management through
three affiliate agencies.
Families – behind the numbers
Successes
•  Obtain/Retain -- Regional network model has led to more collaboration among providers;
     Organizations are placing a greater emphasis on prevention, diversion and stabilization.
•  Affordable Housing Supply -- CDCs are doing more Real-Estate-Owned conversion work;
   UW has new initiative connecting skilled volunteers to development projects
•  Gain Economic Milestones -- More organizations are delivering curriculum-based financial
   education with pre- and post- testing
•  Basic Skills or Job Skills -- More organizations doing standardized pre- and post- testing; for
   Basic Skills, job readiness skills being incorporated into programming
•  Employment -- Agencies are placing people into jobs-despite a very “challenged” target
   population (Legal Status, CORI, limited educational backgrounds)
•  Linkages -- More agencies seeing the value of collaboration; emphasizing service continuums
Challenges
•  New federal homeless assistance resource (HPRP) has been exhausted
•  Key state prevention resource (RAFT) insufficiently funded
 The slumping economy and the collapse of the low income housing tax credit market have
   adversely effected production capability
 Students in programs to gain job skills often drop classes to take transient employment
 Retrenched economy causing job freezes- employers “get their pick” choosing higher skilled
   candidates.
Public Policy
  Agencies understand the power of collaboration - they're reaching out to other advocacy
  groups, including those that aren't the "usual suspects," to try and pass policy.

  They're being realistic in what they're advocating for -- not looking to pass huge increases in
  state-funded program budgets; in this economic climate, level-funding is a victory and they
  understand that.

  They're advocating for "win-win" solutions and building on what the state already has or
  wants, e.g.,
       •Housing First/HomeBASE
       •MACDC's tax credit legislation
       •Ensuring the anti-bullying law is implemented

  Agencies are pushing for shorter-term administrative changes or modifications of current law
  in stead of legislative initiatives, e.g.,
        •Mass. Afterschool Partnership is coordinating state agencies to better leverage existing
        resources
        •Mass. Advocates for Children is advocating to the administration regarding barriers facing
        those wanting to access the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver.
Agency demographics
includes all persons served in all programs – 12 months ending June, 2010*


Priority communities                                  Age
•    Boston – total 214,771                           •     0-5                         71,092
       – Most served neighborhoods:                   •     6-17                       198,500
             • Dorchester             62,926          •     18-64                      281,555
             • East Boston            42,824          •     65+                         43,264
             • Roxbury                27,418
•    Cambridge                        12,143          Race
•    Chelsea                           5,671          •   Asian/Asian American                           28,195
•    Everett                           4,049          •   Black/African American                        118,910
•    Haverhill                         9,820          •   White                                         246,827
•    Lawrence                         14,539          •   Two or more races                              11,452
•    Lowell                           15,296          •   Other                                         116,749
•    Lynn                             33,843
•    Malden                            8,881
•    Medford                           4,865          Ethnicity
•    Peabody                          15,108          •   Hispanic/Latino                               159,677
•    Quincy                           14,238          •   Non-Hispanic/Latino                           415,175
•    Randolph                          3,103
•    Revere                            3,430
•    Salem                             9,159
•    Somerville                       10,182
•    Waltham                          10,415          *excludes persons served in some public policy and short-term
                                                            interaction programs (e.g. food distribution or help lines)
•    Weymouth                          4,213                where demographic information is largely not available.
Notes to Tables
•  Data is for July 1 – December 31, 2010
•  Each table lists the measures to which agencies are contributing.
•  FY11 Target is the sum of individual agency targets for the measure.
•  FY11 Mid Year is the contribution to date for this year.
•  Percent Expected to Reach Target is the percent of agencies contributing
   to the measure that report they expect to meet the annual target.
• FY11 Status is the assessment of the situation at this time: green=on track
   to reach or exceed targets; yellow=some concerns about reaching targets
Greater Seacoast United Way
For the measures in which the Seacoast aligns directly with Mass. Bay:
• Children
     – Screening – 1,309 children
     – Assessment – 584 children
     – Strong, competent families – 633 families
• Families
     – Obtain housing – 104 individuals
     – Retain housing – 123 individuals

				
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