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An Assessment of Disproportionate Minority Contact in Mississippi’s Juvenile Justice System

Researchers assessed the disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in Mississippi’s juvenile justice system. States participating in the Federal Formula Grants Program are required by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002 to collect juvenile justice data to guide DMC identification and reduction efforts. Using data from the Mississippi Youth Court Information Delivery System (MYCIDS), researchers used 2018 (MYCIDS) data to determine whether there is an over-representation of minority youth at eight points of contact within the juvenile justice system.

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America Evaluation Report

Researchers served as evaluators for the project entitled “Fannie Lou Hamer’s America.” Researchers used the evaluation template provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as a guide to measure the following key outcomes:

1. Raising awareness of Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy as a model for authentic community engagement.

2. Providing the opportunity for dialogue on social justice, racial equity and healing, and community leadership.

3. Providing educational opportunities for students to engage with civil rights history.

Mississippi Association of Grantmakers

Our team served as an evaluator for the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers.

Evaluation tasks included the following:

1. Developed an evaluation plan that included the following sections: (a) introduction; (b) program description; (c) evaluation activities; (d) work plan; and, (e) appendix.

2. Developed a logic model.

3. Implemented and managed the evaluation plan. 

4. Interacted with WKKF eval technical assistance team: phone and webinars as needed and as appropriate.

5. Developed and delivered the final evaluation report. 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Core Support Grant Evaluation Report​

In 2018, the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson was awarded a “core support” grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to better provide services and support to members of the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG) as they seek to improve the well being of Mississippi’s children, families, and communities. 

The goal of this evaluation determined the extent to which MAG was able to achieve the following project goals:

1. Build more Mississippi-focused philanthropic resources. 

2. Ensure monies were available from the Small Grants Fund.

3. Develop the membership of MAG as a “collective voice” for supporting children and families in Mississippi.

4. Design and implement efforts related to WKK’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiative.                                                                      

Mississippi's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP)

Our team supported the HDSPP by evaluating the process and impact/outcomes for activities implemented and helped gauged the progress made toward achieving performance measures by measuring programmatic outcomes. 

Some of the work that has been completed on this project consists of: 

1. Reviewing  previous progress reports and evaluation reports, existing data sources, data files relevant to evaluation activities.

2. Reviewed and provided feedback to the MSDH evaluation team on the Domain 3 Basic and Enhanced CDC Evaluation Plan, as needed.

3. Conducted formative interviews of key stakeholders to identify both “success” stories and challenges or barriers to adopting, implementing, and achieving program objectives and goals. 

4. Coordinated and led in-person bi-monthly Evaluation Team Meetings with the MSDH Internal Evaluation Team, HDSPP staff, and MSQII-2 Leadership Team to discuss programmatic and evaluation activities and report progress related to achievement of MSQII-2 outcomes.

5. Assisted in the development of Healthcare Organization Feedback Reports to present to MSQII-2 clinical teams (including senior leaders) bi-annually.

Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance)

Evaluation tasks on this project included the following: 

1. Finalizing a logic model by ensuring that short, intermediate, and long-term goals met SMART criteria.

2. Developed and  implemented action plans for each SMART goal.

3. Interacted with WKKF eval technical assistance team: phone and webinars as needed and as appropriate.

4. Developed the final evaluation report that included the following sections: (a) introduction; (b) description of program activities; (c) descriptions of evaluation activities/work plan; (d) evaluation results; and (e) conclusions.

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