Rhiza’s Tools Used for Major Foundation Report on Impact of the Recession in Pa., Oh.

This past week, five area community foundations released a 28-page joint report entitled The Recession's Impact on the Safety Net in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The result of a two-month study,the report was in part written using data generated by Rhiza Community Catalog. These data are publicly available under "Community Profiles" on HumanServices.net, an online tool implemented in partnership with 3rc that uses Catalog to simplify intake, referral, and analysis of community services. NeighborAid, an emergency fund for community organizations facing budget crises resulting from the economic downturn, has also begun to use HumanServices.net to refer local residents to social service providers. We at Rhiza are struck by two contrasting emotions. On one hand, we're proud to see our tools being used to promote analysis, understanding, and discussion of critical policy issues, and to connect those in need with vital services. On the other hand, we're alarmed by the joint report's...

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