Hawaii Community Foundation

In exploring opportunities to support the work of the Youth Matters Network—a partnership of local youth-serving organizations working together to address pressing issues in their field—the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) recognized that lack of data stood in the way of more strategic efforts by service providers and funders.

HCF engaged Chris Strausz-Clark and his team to conduct a survey of youth development programs and create a landscape map of youth-focused organizations and programs in Hawaii.

Chris’s team developed a comprehensive landscape map of youth programs in the state of Hawaii, including key data regarding youth demographics, program quality and collaboration, sources of funding, indicators of quality, and areas of needs in programming. The team integrated American Community Survey and GIS data to provide information on the geographic distribution of organizations, programs, and alignment with population centers and high-need populations. The team explored statistically significant differences among subgroups of participating organizations and analyzed correlations between key variables to identify existing relationships between organization characteristics. Using outcomes from the analysis, Chris’s team developed narrative briefs that highlighted specific programs and their positive impact on youth.

*Chris Strausz-Clark led this project while his practice was housed at Community Attributes.