What We Work For
Distilling learning from 10 years of community power building to advance health equity
Over the last 10 years, The California Endowment (TCE) has advanced health equity by building power in 14 communities that have been historically marginalized. As it transitions to the next phase of investments, TCE has engaged the Center for the Study of Social Policy as an evaluation partner to assist in distilling learning from its Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. Our work will help elevate and disseminate what we have learned about what it takes to support and sustain power building initiatives. The products of this work are designed to be useful to participating communities and state and local partners and to provide valuable information for TCE’s transition planning for the next several years of investment. It will also inform philanthropic organizations considering similar investments.
How We Do It
To capture the power building story, we are engaging key stakeholders across the initiative: BHC youth and adult residents, foundation staff and board members, and state-wide advocates to document and synthesize key learning about how communities that have been marginalized build and exercise power to advance health equity.
As part of this groundbreaking work, CSSP is:
- Synthesizing lessons and recommendations from existing commissioned learning and evaluation documentation.
- Developing three “targeted studies” on topics of high importance for the next phase of TCE’s work: the role of the foundation in power building; site intentions to sustain and evolve the power gains they have made; and what are the key ingredients to effectively connecting state advocacy and community power.
- Coordinating with other evaluation partners to create a coherent data collection and reporting process.