At UrbanKind Institute, we are committed to equity, transparency, sustainability, and integrity in the programs we support and organizations with whom we collaborate, providing services such as program specific evaluation, alternative evaluation metrics, focus group facilitation, assessment and modification. We work with organizations to help to strengthen their programs and initiatives through strategic evaluation, refinement, and development.
Operation Better Block (OBB) is a local organization that was established in the Homewood-Brushton area of Pittsburgh in 1970, to organize the local community to work together to overcome some of the obstacles their neighborhood faced. Since then OBB has empowered its residents, driving community action, through transparency, integrity and financial responsibility. Their consistent investment in their community has allowed the organization to grow to include ten community based programs to address; housing,linkage to resources redevelopment, community violence, and more. Due to this rapid growth UrbanKind was invited to work in collaboration with OBB to conduct an organization-wide evaluation to understand how its programs are viewed by the community it serves, and ways programming can maximize community benefit.
UrbanKind Institute worked in collaboration with Reimagine Re-entry, a community based program that supports citizens who are returning to society after incarceration in an effort to decrease the risk of recidivism. Conducting a thorough program evaluation, UrbanKind assisted in developing policy, procedure and programming, and in building a case management model to support capacity, data collection and to aid in participant recruitment, retention and reintegration.
UrbanKind Institute was contracted to conduct a program evaluation for South HIlltop Men’s Group, a local organization that promotes environmental protection through community training programs that use sustainable practices, with a broader goal to create hope and opportunities for those in the South Hilltop Communities of Pittsburgh. This evaluation included focus group facilitation, collecting thoughts and perceptions of the members of the group, the review and refinement of program goals and initiatives and development of policies and practices aimed to increase capacity for growth and funding.