Rhiza Blog social & human services

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.

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Rhiza Presentation at AIRS Annual Conference, May 18-21, Houston, TX

This workshop given at the AIRS 2008 National Conference outlines best practices in creating community-wide data sharing partnerships for information and referral (“I&R”). Practical advice from successful initiatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are presented, helping participants understand how to overcome the technical and political barriers to creating effective collaborations that improve the quality of every agency’s I&R services, reduce inefficiencies in the process and provide a greater level of self-sufficiency for individuals seeking help. Successful approaches to raising funds within your organization, from government agencies and the philanthropic community are discussed, leaving participants with a roadmap for developing, implementing and funding a community-wide I&R data sharing initiative. (more…)

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