Public/Private Ventures (P/PV)

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Innovation. Research. Action.

After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come.

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After-School Toolkit: Tips, Techniques and Templates for Improving Program Quality

February 1, 2008

This toolkit offers program managers a practical, hands-on guide for implementing quality programming in the after-school hours. The kit includes the tools and techniques that increased the quality of literacy programming and helped improve student reading gains in the Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning (CORAL) initiative of The James Irvine Foundation. CORAL is an eight-year, $58 million after-school initiative aimed at improving education achievement in low-performing schools in five California cities. In addition to strategies, process and instructions, this toolkit offers a series of tools program staff can use to build the quality of their after-school program.

Launching AmeriCorps: First-Year Implementation of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993

July 6, 2007

The National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 spurred the creation and expansion of national service activities throughout the US, relying on the states to determine how best to implement programs locally. P/PV undertook a long-term study to document this process, paying particular attention to the nature and progress of the federal-state relationship that the Act employed to get programs up and running quickly throughout the country. This report chronicles the first year of implementation, drawing on extensive interviews with key staff members of the Corporation for National Service, state commission heads and board members, and on observations of implementation activities in nine of the participating states. A close review of developments at both the policy and implementation levels reflects the challenges and opportunities presented by the joint federal-state approach, as well as the extent to which states were able to get programs up and running quickly to satisfy this ambitious legislative mandate.

Making the Most of Volunteers

July 30, 2002

No one doubts the potential value of volunteers; the tougher issue is getting the most out of them. Unfortunately, volunteers are both scarce and much-needed in the human service field. This report summarizes P/PV's work over the years with organizations that use volunteers. The analysis discovered that three functions -- screening, training and ongoing management -- are key to maximizing volunteer value and minimizing damage. The report also links those functions quantitatively to the impact that programs achieved, and estimates their cost.

A Spectrum of Service: Combining Volunteerism and Paid Service: A Look at Roles and Relationships

June 21, 2001

Drawing on information generated through P/PV's Spectrum of Service (SOS) initiative, this report examines a variety of operational issues related to effective blending of paid service providers and volunteers, and how managers determine the roles that paid and unpaid providers play in order to achieve programmatic objectives. The promising practices described in this report illustrates the innovation strategies currently underway in the volunteer and service sectors, and provides a useful starting point for others who are interested in enhancing the effectiveness of a blended approach to service delivery.

A Spectrum of Service: Combining Paid Service and Volunteerism: Strategies for Effective Practice in School Settings

August 19, 1999

This is the second report in a series from P/PV's Spectrum of Service (SOS) project. P/PV has created a learning community by giving two-year grants to seven sites, supporting the expansion of efforts to combine the work of paid and unpaid service providers in enhancing youth's educational outcomes. Sites gather in a series of cross-site conferences to provide peer support and to exchange information and program data. This report shares the experiences of these sites as they endeavor to develop partnerships with, and work within, public schools to support young people's educational achievement, and describes the strategies that the SOS sites have used not only to combine the work of volunteers and paid service providers, but to do so in a public school setting.

A Spectrum of Service: Uniting the Efforts of Volunteers and Paid Service Providers: Current Practices from the Field

September 30, 1998

This report is the first in a series that examines approaches to uniting the efforts of paid national service participants and unpaid volunteers. It draws on the experiences of 14 national service programs that were represented at the Combining Service and Volunteerism Conference in Philadelphia in February 1998. This conference was the first major activity in P/PV's Spectrum of Service (SOS) project, a national initiative funded by The Ford Foundation to explore the ways in which programs can unite the work of paid and unpaid service providers in strengthening educational supports for children and youth. The report describes the origins of relatively new programs that systematically combine the work of paid and unpaid service providers, the challenges and strategies they have developed, and the six good practices that have begun to emerge from these early efforts.

Expanding Resources for Service: Strategies from State Commissions

May 1, 1997

In response to the passage of the National and Community Service Trust Act in 1993, state-level Commissions were created to direct federal funds to local service programs, monitor program progress and quality, and to determine the content and direction of service activity across their states. This report builds on a 30-month study of the implementation of AmeriCorps, the signature component of the 1993 Act, and describes what states and their Commissions are doing to realize the promise that service holds, while fulfilling their legislated mandate.

The Essential Connection: Using Evaluation to Identify Programs Worth Replicating

September 1, 1995

This publication describes how to use practical evaluation methods to identify social programs that are both effective and capable of being successfully transferred to new settings. It also provides guidance in making sound decisions about the suitability of investing time and money in program expansion.

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