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Evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Chronic Homeless Initiative - 2017 Annual Report

January 1, 2018

Since 2010, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Chronic Homelessness Initiative strategy has been working on addressing homelessness in Los Angeles with the idea that chronic homelessness can be eliminated through the successful creation and operation of permanent supportive housing, when those most vulnerable (people who are chronically homeless or homeless and medically fragile) can access and remain housed in those units. Now in Phase II, the evaluation is structured around measuring countywide progress in ending chronic homelessness, rather than examining a subset of actions specifically tied to Foundation action.

SDGs in the United States: Opportunities for 2017 and Beyond

November 1, 2017

During a one-day meeting in Los Angeles on January 9, 2017, a group of non-profit and philanthropic organizations convened at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to discuss how best to accelerate action on domestic application of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the United States. Attendees included representatives of philanthropy, national non-profits, academic institutions, and think tanks, all of whom are already working on domestic implementation of the SDGs within the United States. A number of key themes emerged as attendees discussed how best to collaborate in order to increase awareness of and engagement around the SDGs by a variety of sectors.

Substance Use Prevention Initiative, 2017 Evaluation Report, Year 3

October 1, 2017

This Conrad N. Hilton Foundation report details a five-year strategy focused on developing and implementing substance use prevention and early intervention services for youth with three primary objectives for prevention and early intervention services: expand education and training; increase access and strengthen implementation; and develop and disseminate knowledge. The Year 3 report's recommendations are designed to galvanize the public, policy-makers, and healthcare systems to comprehensively address substance use at all levels of severity and the range of associated public health consequences.

Foster Youth Strategic Initiative: 2017 Evaluation Report

August 1, 2017

The Conrad N. Hilton Foster Youth Strategic Initiative addresses the challenges facing transition age youth (TAY) and identifies successful models for change. The report provides an update on TAY 16–24 years old from two regions with large child welfare (and foster care) populations: Los Angeles County and New York City. This report includes updates on the activities of 38 current grantees who were awarded a total of $55 million.

Home For Good Funders Collaborative: Updated Lessons from Five Years of Coordinated Funding

January 1, 2017

In early 2013, Abt Associates Inc., as part of a larger evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Chronic Homelessness Initiative, prepared a detailed analysis of lessons learned from developing and launching the Collaborative: Home For Good Funders Collaborative: Lessons Learned from Implementation and Year One Funding. As the Funders Collaborative neared completion of its fifth year of facilitating public and private collaboration and joint investment in addressing chronic and veteran homelessness, the evaluation team from Abt revisited the work of the Collaborative. This report offers an analysis of the Collaborative's evolution, current dynamics, and opportunities moving forward as of year five. For readers interested in launching a similar funding effort, both reports will be valuable.

Sisters Serving the World: Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning Report for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Catholic Sisters' Initiative Strategy

January 1, 2017

The Foundation awarded the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California a grant in 2014 to measure, evaluate and learn (MEL) about the effectiveness of the Initiative's five-year strategy. CRCC's second MEL report captures learning about the context in which the Foundation operates. It attempts to measure progress on the Sisters Initiative's indicators of success and evaluate its portfolio and current strategy. It concludes with a look forward at the second iteration of the Sisters Initiative strategy, due in 2018, with questions for the Foundation to answer before setting its new course.

Foster Youth Strategic Initiative: 2016 Evaluation Report

December 1, 2016

The Conrad N. Hilton Foster Youth Strategic Initiative (FYSI) grew out of an extensive research and synthesis process that included the perspectives of a wide variety of stakeholders. Ultimately, the process helped the Foundation better understand the challenges facing transition age youth (TAY) and identify successful models for change; this work became the foundation for FYSI. In February 2012, the Board of Directors approved FYSI and it launched in March 2012. The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) component (or evaluation) began in March 2013. The FYSI is focused on TAY 16–24 years old from two regions with large child welfare (and foster care) populations: Los Angeles County (LAC) and New York City (NYC). The Foundation chose to focus its efforts in LAC and NYC due to the strong commitment of the public child welfare and supporting agencies to issues affecting TAY and their readiness for policy and system reform and opportunities to leverage funding. To address the myriad issues facing TAY, those in care and transitioning out of care, the Foundation provides grants to organizations and entities with the potential to meet the three overarching goals of FYSI, to: (1) increase TAY selfsufficiency, (2) strengthen and increase cross-system collaboration and promote systems change, and (3) develop and disseminate new knowledge about the needs of TAY and effective strategies for meeting those needs.

Substance Use Prevention Initiative: 2016 Evaluation Report, Year 2

October 1, 2016

Youth substance use is a leading public health concern in the United States. The U.S. spends over $700 billion a year in alcohol, tobacco, and drug-related problems associated with health, crime, and lost productivity in the workplace.i Because most substance use concerns manifest in adolescence and the young adult years, evidence-based prevention and early intervention strategies for youth are particularly vital to reducing the burden of substance use on individuals, families, and communities. In recent years, policies and services implemented as a result of the Affordable Care Act have significantly impacted primary care and behavioral health delivery systems by emphasizing the value of preventive services, promoting models for primary care and behavioral health integration, engaging communities in population health strategies, and increasing access to substance use and mental health services. Capitalizing on this momentum, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's (the Foundation's) Youth Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Strategic Initiative (Strategic Initiative) is leading a movement in how people think about, talk about, and address youth substance use. This initiative is laying the groundwork for long-term change through communications and advocacy, preparing the workforce, promoting evidence-based practices, and aligning services across physical health care, behavioral health systems, and community supports nationwide.The Strategic Initiative is designed to advance the understanding of substance use as a health issue by implementing screening and early intervention approaches to prevent and reduce substance use among youth as part of routine practice in health care and other settings where youth receive services. The Strategic Initiative's work is centered around a public health, population-based approach of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). Screening refers to the routine, universal administration of validated questions to identify potential risk related to alcohol and drug use, followed by positive reinforcement for youth who screen as 'no' or 'low' risk. Brief intervention is one or more short, motivational conversations, typically incorporating feedback, advice, and goal setting around decreasing 'moderate' risk related to substance use. Referral to treatment describes the process of connecting individuals with problematic use ('high' risk) to appropriate assessment, treatment, and/or additional services based on their level of need. The intent of the SBIRT process is to identify and address substance use and related risks– including health, social, and legal consequences attributed to substance use– through developmentally appropriate interventions or referrals to other services when indicated. Historically, youth substance use has been solely addressed through prevention interventions focused on abstinence or substance use disorder services provided through traditional specialty treatment systems. The SBIRT framework addresses the gap between primary prevention and treatment for disorders by identifying use and potential risk early and intervening before the use of alcohol or drugs leads to more serious consequences.

Systems Change through Cross-Sector Collaboration: FYSI Social Network Analysis II

October 1, 2016

In Year 1, the evaluation team assessed this goal via grantee interviews. Interview findings confirmed that grantees were experiencing some level of success with this goal. In the spring of 2015, the evaluation team again examined changes in collaboration and cross systems alignment in FYSI grantees, but in a more quantitative way, through social network analysis (SNA). Social network analysis is used to analyze networks of relationships of any type (e.g., friendships, collaborations) and at any level (e.g., individual, organizational). It has two main purposes (or steps): (1) to create meaningful, data-based graphic representations of networks; and (2) to quantitatively describe and assess networks. As noted, the first step (SNA I) was undertaken in spring 2015; the findings are presented in the 2015 FYSI Evaluation Report. The second step (SNA II) was conducted in winter 2015, the findings of which are the focus of this report

Evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Initiative on Young Children Affected by HIV and Aids Final Report

March 1, 2016

This report by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) covers the period 2012–2015. It provides an overview of the achievements of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's initiative for children affected by HIV and AIDS, and points to areas where success has revealed additional challenges. Many of these challenges exist generally in the field, providing opportunities for the Foundation to take the lead in addressing them. In order to be fair to all funded partner organizations, no partners are named in the report. However, short summaries of the country and program activities of each of the 16 partners are available online.

Assessment of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Strategy for Sustainable Safe Water Access and Strategic Objectives

January 1, 2016

This assessment was part of a larger monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) program developed by the Water Institute and supported by the Hilton Foundation. This report is an assessment of the Sustainable Access to Safe Water Strategy and its Strategic Objectives (SOs) as well as an evaluation of what the strategy set out to do and how well its objectives were accomplished. This report includes recommendations that will help the Hilton Foundation continue to strengthen and scale its impact and maintain its leadership through its investment in water projects and partnerships. The recommendations are derived from the findings of this assessment, combined with knowledge of the changing global and regional Water, Santiation and Hygiene context. The assessment and recommendations are timely as the Hilton Foundation works towards developing a new strategy and objectives.

Identifying Early Warning Signs: Addressing Youth Substance Use

June 30, 2015

Of high school students 35 percent indicate they are current drinkers, 20 percent are binge drinkers, and 24 percent use marijuana. By the time they are seniors more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose. Substance use disorders are costly to individuals, families, and communities: binge drinking, substance misuse and addiction leads to negative health and social outcomes, can exacerbate mental health problems, and create challenges being successful in school and in the workplace. It is a key contributing factor to the leading causes of injury and death among teens.The likelihood of developing a substance use disorder is greatest for those who begin use of alcohol or other drugs in their early teens. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the majority of individuals who become addicted started using before age 18 and developed their disorder by age 20.