OUR APPROACH

We make three types of investments in the area of prison reentry: Direct Service, Capacity Building and Collaboration, and Systems Change.

OUR APPROACH

Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation make three types of investments in the area of prison reentry: Direct Service (Program Support), Capacity Building and Collaboration, and Systems Change.

1. Direct Service (Program Support): Projects selected for direct service investments will answer the questions: What positive gains will occur for individual participants or the community? Projects include new or existing programs that work directly with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals, employers, or community members to achieve results.

2. Capacity and Collaboration Building: Projects selected for capacity and collaboration building investments will answer the questions: How will your organization and/or other organizations be different, and how will collaboration improve effectiveness or efficiency while improving results for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals’ lives? Projects bring organizations together to strengthen existing capacity to achieve results.

3. Systems Change: Projects selected for systems change investments will answer the question: How will your work change the big picture? Projects include awareness, research and advocacy efforts that lead to positive changes by state and local lawmakers, district attorneys, judges, sheriffs, wardens and probation and parole officers.

The Wilson Foundation collaborated with The Rensselaerville Institute (TRI) to create a framework to guide the work in achieving a reduction in recidivism. This framework is illustrated in two parts: a Strategic Map and Results Trails. The Strategic Map for the Reentry Initiative connects the strategy to impact, links organizational efforts to results, defines results for key stakeholders, and identifies the organization’s contribution.

The Results Trails are the basis of metrics to measure results. Their primary objectives are to show changes of those being supported, show what goes into projects that allow participants to find achievement, and ensure organizations’ understanding of the differences between improvements that can happen and improvements that will happen.

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