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Data Use for Continuous Quality Improvement: What the Head Start Field Can Learn from Other Disciplines A Literature Review and Conceptual Framework (Research Report)
Teresa Derrick-Mills, Heather Sandstrom, Sarah L. Pettijohn, Saunji Fyffe, Jeremy Koulish

This report summarizes research on the processes, facilitators, and impediments to data use for continuous quality improvement; develops a conceptual framework representing the elements of data use for continuous quality improvement; provides linkages between the disciplines from which the literature was drawn and the Head Start field; and suggests areas for future research. The review reflects seminal and current works that originate in empirical and professional sources in the fields of educational leadership and management, health care management, nonprofit leadership and management, public management, and organizational learning and development. The resulting conceptual framework describes the elements of leadership, analytic capacity, commitment of resources, professional development, a culture of collaborative inquiry, a continuous cycle, organizational characteristics, and environmental characteristics.

Posted to Web: January 22, 2015Publication Date: January 22, 2015

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2014: Public Charities, Giving and Volunteering (Survey Brief)
Brice McKeever, Sarah L. Pettijohn

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2014 highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities and key findings on two important resources for the nonprofit sector: private charitable contributions and volunteering. Each year, The Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2014 presents the most recent data available on the nonprofit sector. This particular edition of the brief presents data from 2002 to 2012.

Posted to Web: October 27, 2014Publication Date: October 27, 2014

Contracts and Grants between Human Service Nonprofits and Government: Comparative Analysis (Research Report)
Sarah L. Pettijohn, Elizabeth T. Boris

Government's reliance on human service nonprofits to provide services has been increasing, expanding the ability of nonprofits to achieve their missions and the ability of government to serve its constituents. This brief summarizes results from human service nonprofits in the second national study of government contracts and grants. We compare results of human service organizations in the 2013 national survey of nonprofits to the results of the survey conducted in 2010. We examine how human service organizations have managed since the recession ended and how their relationships with governments have changed.

Posted to Web: July 24, 2014Publication Date: July 24, 2014

National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles (Research Report)
Sarah L. Pettijohn, Elizabeth T. Boris, Maura R. Farrell

This compilation of state profiles from the 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracting and Grants, provides national and state-by-state snapshots of most types of nonprofit organizations that have contracts and grants with local, state, and federal governments. The individual state profiles are designed to document the extent of nonprofit-government contracting, processes and problems. States are also ranked according to number of grants, types of issues, and actions taken by nonprofits to address the challenges they face.

Posted to Web: May 15, 2014Publication Date: May 15, 2014

Innovations in NYC Health and Human Services Policy: Procurement and Shared Services (Research Brief)
Carol J. De Vita, Sarah L. Pettijohn

Nonprofit organizations are a vital partner to government in the delivery of human services. Through government contracts, nonprofits deliver a broad range of essential services to local residents. This brief examines three New York City initiatives to improve procurement, save money, and help city agencies and local nonprofits function more efficiently. Undertaken with guidance from the Strengthening Nonprofits Task Force, these initiatives feature innovative uses of electronic storage and information sharing. This brief is one in a series examining selected social service initiatives undertaken during the Bloomberg administration.

Posted to Web: March 17, 2014Publication Date: March 17, 2014

Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings from the 2013 National Survey (Research Report)
Sarah L. Pettijohn, Elizabeth T. Boris, Carol J. De Vita, Saunji Fyffe

This report discusses the results of the 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants. Expanding on the 2010 study of human service nonprofits, we examine most types of nonprofits with expenses of $100,000 or more. This report documents the size and scope of government financing, administration of contracts and grants, and nonprofit perceptions of problems and improvements in these processes and reports on the financial status of nonprofits in 2012. The study also examines how human service nonprofits have managed since the recession ended and how their relationships with government agencies have changed since 2009.

Posted to Web: December 05, 2013Publication Date: December 05, 2013

Contracts and Grants between Nonprofits and Government (Research Brief)
Sarah L. Pettijohn, Elizabeth T. Boris

This brief summarizes the results of the 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants. Expanding on the 2010 study of human service nonprofits, we examine most types of nonprofits with expenses of $100,000 or more. This report documents the size and scope of government financing, administration of contracts and grants, and nonprofit perceptions of problems and improvements in these processes and reports on the financial status of nonprofits at the end of the Great Recession. Nearly 56,000 nonprofits have government contracts and grant, and we estimate that governments paid $137 billion to nonprofits in 2012.

Posted to Web: December 05, 2013Publication Date: December 05, 2013

Maryland: A Working Model of Nonprofit and Government Collaboration (Research Report)
Erwin de Leon, Sarah L. Pettijohn, Evan Nemoff

Governments depend on nonprofits to supply public services while nonprofit providers rely on government funding. This arrangement manifests itself through contracting and grants processes which are laden with problems that affect both nonprofits and governments, and ultimately, impact people being served. A number of state governments and their nonprofit partners have begun to address issues through initiatives such as streamlining task forces, online procurement systems, and document repositories. This case study documents the efforts of nonprofit leaders, government agencies, and elected officials in the State of Maryland to address problems and streamline a disjointed and complicated contracting and grants system.

Posted to Web: November 15, 2013Publication Date: November 13, 2013

An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program (Research Report)
Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley, Erwin de Leon, Saunji Fyffe, Sarah L. Pettijohn

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) so they could contribute to economic recovery and help ensure that information and services available through ARRA reached disadvantaged populations. An extensive evaluation undertaken by the Urban Institute assessed SCF services, promising practices, and challenges that emerged during the two-year SCF initiative. It found many FBCOs assisted through SCF reported expanding their organizational capacity, however measuring SCF's return on investment was inconclusive because of the relatively short timeframe that SCF operated.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2013Publication Date: July 11, 2013

SCF and the Economic Recession: An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program (Research Report)
Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley, Sarah L. Pettijohn

The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was part of the Federal government’s response to the recession. Because people often turn to nonprofit organizations for assistance in difficult financial times, SCF was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) so they could better serve people in need and contribute to the economic recovery. SCF helped create and retain jobs for SCF grantees and FBCOs that delivered ARRA-related services. It also enabled FBCOs to provide information about ARRA benefits. SCF offers lessons to help shape future capacity-building programs.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2013Publication Date: July 11, 2013

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