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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Big Brothers/Big Sisters: A Study of Volunteer Recruitment and Screening

October 1, 2004

This is one of four P/PV reports on mentoring programs associated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). It describes how BBBS agencies recruit potential volunteers, who is most likely to respond to current outreach efforts, and which techniques are used to attract minority volunteers. The study also investigates the intake process and makes recommendations for its improvement.

The Plain Talk Planning Year: Mobilizing Communities to Change. A Report Prepared for The Annie E. Casey Foundation

March 1, 1995

The Annie E. Casey Foundations Plain Talk initiative seeks to address the problems of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among a communitys youth by organizing and mobilizing community residents to change the attitudes and practices of the community and service providers. The Plain Talk approach is built from the belief in community empowerment and the use of consensus-building to make decisions and negotiate with social service institutions. This report documents the experiences of the six sites -- Atlanta, Hartford, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Diego and Seattle -- during their planning year of the initiative.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters: A Study of Program Practices

January 1, 1993

The first of four studies of the effectiveness of the BBBS model, Big Brothers/Big Sisters: A Study of Program Practices documents the implementation of the BBBS program model. The study examines the model by analyzing variation in program practice among eight BBBS agencies, which were selected, in part, to reflect differences in recruitment, screening, training, matching and supervision.

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