C3E: CARE Center for Community Evaluation

Over its 10-year history working with community collaborators, CARE has provided consultation services for evaluation projects nationally and in the local community. Through this experience, CARE has identified that many community agencies have evaluation needs they are struggling to meet. CARE can help meet these needs in an efficient and affordable way. Three projects completed by C3E in 2017-2018 are described, below. Each of these projects address social determinants of health by improving residents’ access to important services.

The City of New Haven recently took part in the Working Cities Challenge, a grant competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank. The competition is designed to support cross-sector, collaborative leadership to improve the lives of low-income people. Through Working Cities, New Haven aims to improve transportation options for the working-age population of West Rock, leading to a decrease in unemployment and, subsequently, poverty. CARE has conducted surveys and focus groups to incorporate the community voice in the project. It presented a final report to the city in October 2017.

Working Cities Final Report

Two Gen

The United Way of Greater New Haven recently worked with five local agencies to implement the Two-Generation Approach (2Gen). The 2Gen approach works with families to create a foundation for well-being in four areas: early childhood education, elementary education, economic stability, and family engagement. CARE developed organizational self-assessment tools and a corresponding toolkit to help organizations identify opportunities to move along the 2Gen continuum.

Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children

The Hamden Partnership for Young Children (HPYC) contracted with CARE to conduct focus groups about the parenting education and skill-building needs of caregivers of young children in Hamden. The focus groups explored the types of programming parents most need, the best modes for delivering these programs, and the most appropriate outreach methods to promote the programs.

HPYC Final Brief HPYC Final Report