Anavo Solutions supports organizations to become equitable environments where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. It creates leadershifts both individually and organizationally through its leadership workshops, trainings, and executive coaching sessions. Korwin Consulting is partnering with Anavo Solutions on the Racial Equity and Implicit Bias (R.E.I.B.) Initiative, which engages California county leadership and staff in two California Department of Social Services (CDSS) programs—CalFresh, which provides food assistance, and CalWORKs, which provides employment support. Korwin Consulting is analyzing data as part of a landscape analysis to support Anavo’s development of recommendations to help CDSS to build a culture of racial equity, inclusion, and belonging for staff and program participants.
Korwin Consulting provided evaluation support to Driving Force Group’s philanthropic initiatives, which are dedicated to social justice, racial equity, and making deep community impact. Korwin Consulting evaluated the Huddle Up initiative, which seeks to improve the quality and responsiveness of the ecosystem – schools, families, and communities — that influence the educational and life outcomes of Black boys. The evaluation used interviews, surveys, and focus groups to collect input and feedback from key staff, community stakeholders, parents/guardians, and students to provide recommendations and highlight outcomes to program staff.
We also developed an evaluation plan and theory of change for the Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC), which was created to honor its namesake — the sister of Venus and Serena Williams who was tragically killed by an act of senseless violence in 2003. The YPRC addresses the needs of those who have experienced violence through trauma-informed programming.
Forward Together fosters connections within a multi-racial community of changemakers to secure the rights, recognition, and resources all families need to thrive. Korwin Consulting is currently leading capacity building efforts with Forward Together’s project directors and community organizers that deepens their integration of evaluative thinking in their transformative work. Leaders will engage in hands-on learning about community oriented and participatory evaluation strategies that will enable them to build their internal capacity and develop a strategic learning stance to support the organization’s life-changing, community-centered work. In another project, we are working closely with Forward Together’s Strong Families New Mexico program leaders and partners to gather information about the development and impact of this program that brings together organizations and activists to build strong communities and create state and local policies that work for families.
We also partnered with Forward Together for the evaluation of its Stepping Into Power program, a movement building fellowship which brings together women, people of color, queer, trans and gender non-conforming leaders to deepen community with one another and gain transformative skills on multiple levels — individually, organizationally, and for movement leadership.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation established its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in order to support two regional foundations — the Central Valley Community Foundation, based in Fresno and working in communities in California’s Central Valley, and the Latino Community Foundation, based in San Francisco, supporting organizations led by and working with Latino communities in the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.
After eight years of funding an array of teen pregnancy prevention efforts in the Bay Area and Central Valley, the Foundation contracted with Korwin Consulting: (1) to conduct a retrospective analysis at the community and program level to identify what, if anything, has changed in the teen pregnancy prevention landscape in the geographies served, and (2) informed by that analysis, to develop a set of questions that sub-grantees can use to measure knowledge, attitude, and practice outcomes of their programs going forward.