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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Making the Most of Youth Mentoring: A Guide for Funders

July 1, 2012

How should funders decide what mentoring programs to support? The mentoring field has grown and diversified immensely in recent decades. There are now thousands of mentoring programs, as well as many multi-service initiatives that incorporate elements of mentoring, across the country. Some mentoring models have been rigorously evaluated, while others have yet to be tested at scale. There is, in fact, a rich research base to draw from to determine which types of mentoring make sense for which youth, and under which circumstances. But navigating that research is a challenge for even the most determined funder, policymaker or program leader.

Investments in Building Citywide Out-of-School-Time Systems: A Six-City Study

September 23, 2009

This report is the last in a series funded by The Wallace Foundation and developed by P/PV and The Finance Project to document the costs of out-of-school-time (OST) programs and the city-level systems that support them. The report examines the development of OST systems in six cities across the country and summarizes the strategies and activities commonly pursued, their associated investments and options for financing such system-building efforts. These findings can provide OST stakeholders with critical information to help guide their investments in system planning, start-up and ongoing operations. The report serves as a companion to two previous resources: The Cost of Quality Out-of-School-Time Programs, which provides information on both the average out-of-pocket expenditures and the average full cost of a wide range of quality OST programs; and an online cost calculator that enables users to generate tailored cost estimates for many different types of OST programs.

Using Data for Success: Five Activities for Workforce Managers to Use with Frontline Staff

January 26, 2009

Commissioned by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and based on input from its grantees and other practitioners, "Using Data for Success" is designed to help workforce development organizations use data to improve their performance and the well-being of their clients.

Working with Employers: Skills and Strategies for Job Development Success - Participant Workbook

October 1, 2008

"Working with Employers: Skills and Strategies for Job Development Success" offers 10 skill development modules (each 2 1/2 to 3 hours in length) that can strengthen the effectiveness of frontline staffs job placement activities. Participants experience a peer learning community as they practice key concepts, apply those in their daily work and gain insights from other experienced practitioners.

Working with Employers: Skills and Strategies for Job Development Success - Facilitator Guide

August 7, 2008

Whatever their job titles -- job developer, employment specialist, business services representative -- staff who balance the competing demands of both job seeker and employer customers face a challenging task. "Working with Employers: Skills and Strategies for Job Development Success" offers ten skill development modules (each 2-1/2 to 3 hours in length) that can strengthen the effectiveness of front-line staffs job placement activities. Participants experience a peer learning community as they practice key concepts, apply those in their daily work, and gain insights from other experienced practitioners.

Job Development Essentials: A Guide for Job Developers, Second Edition

June 22, 2005

"Job Development Essentials Second Edition" provides practical advice for workforce development professionals -- the same advice found in the first edition, but with a stronger emphasis on engaging employers, providing expanded services to the business community and involving business people as resources and advocates for an organization.

Employment Retention Essentials

October 28, 2003

Employment retention is one of the critical challenges facing the workforce field today. For any organization that seeks to improve retention services, "Employment Retention Essentials" is an invaluable resource. User-friendly and filled with practical ideas, this guide offers concrete tools for keeping people working, including tips on how to involve employers, build relationships and stay in contact with participants.

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