There's no question that the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities members create and share valuable resources with others in the network. Each month, the Alliance Library identifies the most accessed resources from its collection. Last month’s top resources were contributed by One Hope United, The Children's Shelter, Children's Board of Hillsborough County, Pressley Ridge, Maggie’s Place, and Villa of Hope. Thanks you to our network organizations and all those who shared knowledge with the Alliance network via the library last month! Check out the Member Materials collection for more.

Here are January's Top Ten most accessed resources in the Alliance Library:

#10 Medical Administrative Policy
Alliance member One Hope United (Chicago, IL)
Covers medications/special medical treatment; routine care for children in agency foster/kinship home and residential care, and routine care for children in day care.

#9 Medication Management Procedures: Medication Control and Administration Policy and Procedures
Alliance member The Children's Shelter (San Antonio, TX)
Includes detailed procedures and policies for medication control and administration, addressing prescribed medications, over the counter medications, informed consent, staff training, medication errors, child medication refusal, etc.

#8 Reentry to Foster Care: Identifying Candidates Under The Family First Act
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
This paper looked at three sets of risk factors with regard to the risk of returning to care: (1) demographic characteristics of children, (2) placement history, and (3) elapsed time since the exit from care (reunification or guardianship). In addition, how contextual factors measured at the county-level influence the risk of reentry was examined. Finally, the authors considered whether reentry rates changed during the time of the economic downturn among children specifically at risk of returning to care during the Great Recession.

#7 Board Policies from “Field Guide to Developing, Operating and Restoring Your Nonprofit Board”
Authenticity Consulting
Includes the following sample documents: 1. Board Job Descriptions (Board member and major officers); 2. Executive Director Job Description; 3. Annual Calendar of Board Activities; 4. Board and Staff Roles; 5. Board Committee Charter; 6. Board Staffing Checklist; 7. Board Member Recruitment Grid; 8. Board Member Application Form; 9. Board Member Ethics Policy; 10. Board Member Conflict-of-Interest Policy; 11. Board Member Contract; 12. Board Decision-Making Policy; 13. Executive Director Evaluation Form; 14. Board Self-Evaluation Form; 15. Board Member Self-Evaluation Form; 16. Board Member Attendance Policy; 17. Board Media Relations Policy; 18. Whistleblower Policy; and 19. Document Destruction and Retention Policy.

#6 In Search of the Hybrid Ideal
Battilana, Julie; Lee, Matthew; Walker, John; Dorsey, Cheryl
In the first large-scale, quantitative study of nascent social entrepreneurs, researchers from Harvard Business School and Echoing Green examine the rise of hybrid organizations that combine aspects of nonprofits and for-profits and the challenges hybrids face as they attempt to integrate traditionally separate organizational models.

#5 The Maturing of America: Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; International City/County Management Association; American Planning Association; National Association of Counties; National League of Cities; Partners for Livable Communities
This report shows that although many communities have some programs to address the needs of older adults, few have undertaken a comprehensive assessment to make their communities “elder friendly” or livable communities for all ages.

#4 Employee Procedures Manual: Purchasing Goods and Services
Alliance member Children's Board of Hillsborough County (Tampa, FL)
This procedure outlines the duties and authority of the Purchasing Official, requesting departments, and all employees regarding the purchase of goods and services.

#3 Stay or Exit: Why Do Nonprofits Maintain Collaborations With Government?
University of New Mexico; University of Missouri; Rutgers University
This study proposes that nonprofits’ intentions to maintain collaborations with government are influenced by both instrumental and relational factors. Using a national sample of human service nonprofits, it demonstrates that both nonprofits’ continuance commitment and affective commitment play a role in shaping their intentions to maintain collaborative relationships with government. Specifically, continuance commitment is driven by the presence of a formal agreement and the dependence on government funding, and affective commitment is shaped by distributive and procedural justice.

#2 2019 California Family Resource Center (FRC) Statewide Survey
Harder Company Community Research (California)

This survey offers a deeper understanding of the characteristics, client populations, needs, and evaluation practices of FRCs in California as a whole and of the state’s various regions. This page includes a link to a results brief; the survey tool and question-by-question results; a recording of a statewide webinar presented on 11/5/19; inventory and overall narrative summary of findings of various reports and studies on the impact of FRC services in California and other regions of the United States; and Recommendations and potential next steps for continuing to build an understanding of the role FRCs play locally and statewide.

#1  Examples of Addressing Trauma and Building Resilience at Various Organizational Levels
Alliance members Pressley Ridge (Pittsburgh, PA); Maggie’s Place (Phoenix, AZ); Villa of Hope (Rochester, NY); and Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Change in Mind Institute (Washington, D.C.) 
In this 2019 Alliance National Conference forum, participants heard from three organizations that have embarked on the journey to change their practices, as well as their organizational culture, to reflect trauma-informed principles. Please note that this was a panel conversation- no slides or handouts were available. For other materials from the 2019 Alliance National Conference, see the Post-Conference Materials Index.

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