From 2010-2011, the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) hired the team, in partnership with a market research firm, to survey and map the statewide youth development landscape. The objective of the landscape analysis was to:

  • Inform HCF’s own efforts and future work within the youth development field in Hawaii. The landscape analysis helped HCF understand who is providing services, to whom, at what level of quality and cost, and other important statistics.
  • Provide partners—such as youth development organizations, policy makers, and other stakeholders—with data to inform their work.

The primary deliverable was a comprehensive, data-driven landscape analysis of youth programs in Hawaii, including key data regarding youth demographics, program quality and collaboration, and sources of funding. Analytic work included:

  • Creation of over 30 new variables that combine, regroup, and otherwise build on core questions to provide deeper insight and clearer reporting. Examples include a composite measure of quality-related activities to determine which programs were delivering high-quality services; totals for areas of focus and target populations; and indicators of whether organizations offered programs in high-poverty areas.
  • Integration of American Community Survey Data and GIS mapping to provide information on the geographic distribution of organizations and programs and ensure alignment with population centers and high-need populations.
  • Exploration of statistically-significant differences among subgroups of participating organizations across all questions.
  • Analysis of correlations between key variables to identify relationships between organizational characteristics, such as the relationship between the number of professional development opportunities and the size of organizational budgets.


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