The California Endowment (TCE) has engaged the Center for the Study of Social Policy as an evaluation partner to assist in distilling learning from its 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative.
We are documenting and synthesizing key learning about how a major foundation supports traditionally marginalized communities to build and exercise power to advance health equity. The work prioritizes research questions, data collection, and products related to priority goals established by the Executive Team and Board for TCE’s next phase of work to advance health equity.
The products of this work are designed to be useful to participating communities and state and local partners and to provide valuable information for the Foundation’s transition planning. These products include three targeted studies focused on key aspects of the Building Healthy Communities:
- The role of the foundation in building and sustaining community power;
- Site efforts to build and sustain power building; and,
- Lessons from connecting state advocacy efforts with local system change efforts.
- The foundation will have the knowledge it needs to advance its transition planning to a new round of investments.
- The field of philanthropy will have critical knowledge to encourage selected funders to undertake similar power building efforts to advance equity.
- The participating communities will have the knowledge they need to continue to evolve youth and resident power building.