Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools - A Case Study

 
Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools - A Case Study
Measuring Social Return
         on Investment for
         Community Schools
                                         A Case Study

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ABOUT THE FINANCE PROJECT

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                                         futures for children, families, and communities.

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                                         and sustainability strategies for initiatives that benefit children, families, and com-
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                                         About The Children’s Aid Society

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                                         tion established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is
                                         to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. Founded in 1853, Children’s Aid
                                         has played an important leadership role in improving services and outcomes for
                                         the most vulnerable children. In 1992, Children’s Aid launched its first community
                                         school, an innovative model that brings the expertise of our organization into deep,
                                         long-term partnership with selected New York City public schools. Two years later,
                                         Children’s Aid created the National Center for Community Schools in response to the
                                         tremendous interest generated in this new comprehensive and integrated approach to
                                         promoting children’s learning and development. The role of the National Center is to
                                         build the capacity of schools, districts, community partners and government agencies
                                         to organize their human and financial resources around student success. Since 1994,
                                         the National Center has provided training, consultation and other forms of technical
                                         assistance to nearly all of the country’s major community school initiatives.

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Measuring Social Return on Investment for Community Schools - A Case Study
Measuring Social Return
         on Investment for
         Community Schools
                                         A Case Study

                                            Laura Martinez and
                                            Cheryl D. Hayes

                                            2013

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Contents

                                         Foreword                                                               3

                                         Acknowledgements                                                       5

                                         Introduction                                                           7
                                              Purpose of the Case Study                                         7
                                              The Children’s Aid Society’s Community Schools                    8
                                              Documented Impact of Children’s Aid Community Schools             8

                                         Social Return on Investment (SROI) Approach, Tools, and Analysis     11
                                              Step 1: Understand What to Measure                              11
                                              Engage Stakeholders                                             11
                                              Review and Refine the Theory of Change                          13
                                              Define the Analysis Parameters                                  13
                                              Step 2: Prepare for the SROI Analysis                           13
                                              Determine a Sample                                              13
                                              Establish a Data Collection Process                             14
                                              Collect Outcome and Cost Data                                   14
                                              Identify Outcomes and Indicators To Be Measured and Collected   16
                                              Develop an Impact Map                                           16
                                              Step 3: Model and Calculate the SROI                            18
                                              Determine Financial Values and Proxies                          18
                                              Calculate Impact                                                18
                                              Calculate the SROI                                              18

                                         Conclusion                                                           25

                                         Appendices                                                           26
                                              A: Community School Goals and Outcomes Crosswalk                26
                                              B: Data Inventory Worksheet                                     28
                                              C: Impact Maps by Site and Beneficiary                          34
                                              D: Monetized Benefits                                           56
                                              E: SROI Deadweight Rationale                                    60

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Foreword

         Few would dispute the invaluable                                In this constrained fiscal environ-               methodology developed by The Finance
         contributions of community schools to                    ment, it is more critical than ever to                   Project to help community school leaders
         student academic achievement, children’s                 ensure that reliable information is avail-               measure and communicate the social and
         social and emotional health, family                      able for informed decision making and                    economic value of a community school
         participation, and community engage-                     investment. Independent grant-making                     and its programs.
         ment. By transforming the whole school                   foundations, individual donors and                              This methodology is presented in
         environment, these initiatives create a                  public officials are the primary sources                 a companion guide, Measuring Social
         positive and supportive school climate in                of growth capital to sustain and scale                   Return on Investment for Community
         which teachers, parents and an array of                  community schools and maximize their                     Schools: A Practical Guide, which is
         others are actively engaged in supporting                impact. But they need more information                   published separately and is also available
         student success. Currently there are                     about the effectiveness and return on                    online at financeproject.org. The guide
         as many as 5,000 community schools                       investment of various approaches to                      draws on and complements the work of
         operating in 44 states and the District                  scaling and growth planning. They want                   other researchers with a shared interest
         of Columbia, serving an estimated 5.1                    to know the value of social outcomes                     in SROI measurement. It is by no means
         million students.                                        attributable to community schools and                    the first or the last word on how to reli-
                Despite the demonstrated success                  be able to express that value in monetary                ably measure and communicate the value
         of this strategy,1 community schools                     terms, which are easy to understand                      of community schools and other social
         face a daunting challenge in scaling to                  and communicate.                                         policy initiatives. But we believe it is an
         achieve widespread impact. For example,                         Social return on investment                       important and practical contribution to
         they are confronted with competing                       (SROI) offers a new strategy to measure                  the ongoing conversation.
         theories about how to improve student                    and communicate the value of outcomes
         achievement, including a heavy reliance                  achieved by programs that provide social,                Cheryl D. Hayes
         on what journalist Paul Tough terms the                  health, and education services to children               President and CEO
         “cognitive hypothesis”—the simple but                    and their families. It can be a powerful                 The Finance Project
         unproven idea that children’s cognitive                  tool for demonstrating the monetary                      Washington, D.C.
         capacities can be developed in isolation                 value of programs and services and for
         from their social, emotional, physical                   communicating that value in a way that                   Jane Quinn
         and moral growth.2 Furthermore, in this                  can be understood at a basic economic                    Vice President
         environment of limited resources, any                    level. This case study of two community                  The Children’s Aid Society
         kind of change strategy can generate                     schools operated by The Children’s Aid                   New York, N.Y.
         resistance—even one that is designed                     Society in partnership with the New York
         to make better use of existing school                    City Department of Education — PS 5
         and community resources, such as                         and Salomé Ureña — provides convinc-
         community schools.                                       ing results. It was prepared using a

         1. See, for example, Research Report 09 (Washington, DC: Coalition for Community Schools, 2009). See also Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action
            (New York, NY: The Children’s Aid Society, 2011).
         2. Paul Tough, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012).

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Acknowledgements

         The Finance Project and The Children’s      • Robert G. Frawley, New York State         Aid Society provided thoughtful leader-
         Aid Society gratefully acknowledge the        Office of Children and Family             ship for this work from beginning to
         contributions and support of all who          Services                                  end. Community Schools Division
         participated in the development of this     • Linda Juszczak, National Assembly on      Director Richard Negrón participated
         guide and case study, especially The W.K.     School-based Health Care                  actively in the “deadweight” analysis for
         Kellogg Foundation for funding the work     • David Kirp, University of California      the community schools that are the sub-
         and the Foundation’s Program Officer,         Berkeley                                  ject of the case study. And Community
         Valorie Johnson, for her guidance and       • Milbrey McLaughlin, Stanford              School Directors Madelyn Gonzalez and
         support throughout the process.               University                                Migdalia Cortes-Torres assisted with data
               A national advisory group com-        • Allan Porowski, ICF International         collection at their respective schools.
         prised of social science researchers and    • Michael Rebell, Campaign for                     With guidance from Cheryl
         program evaluators, community school          Educational Equity, Columbia              D. Hayes, Laura Martinez and Torey
         leaders, state and local policy makers,       University                                Silloway of The Finance Project staff
         school and school district officials, and   • Mark Rigdon, JPMorgan Chase               conducted the data collection and
         national education and school health          Foundation                                analysis. Cheryl D. Hayes and Laura
         experts provided valuable advice and                                                    Martinez drafted the guide and the case
         input on all aspects of the study from            Special thanks are due to Kristin     study. Carlene Campbell provided able
         conception through final review and         Moore of Child Trends, Inc. for her         administrative support. Karen Glass
         drafting. With leadership from Cheryl       prescient review of the relevant outcomes   served as editor, and Irina Katz assisted
         D. Hayes of The Finance Project, and        and indicators that were used in the        with all final proof-reading and revision.
         Jane Quinn of The Children’s Aid            analysis, Heléne Clark of ActKnowledge,     Children’s Aid staff Justin Burke, Kathy
         Society, these individuals met in person    the Children’s Aid community schools        deMeij, Hersilia Mendez, Anthony
         and consulted by phone over a two-year      evaluator for her outcome data and          Ramos and Julianne Rana helped with
         period to help shape and refine the meth-   insights, and Allan Porowski of ICF         production and dissemination plan-
         odology and social return on investment     International for his thoughtful input      ning. Cyndi Cliff of Janin/Cliff Design
         analysis. They include:                     and assistance with methodological issues   designed the guide and case study for
          • Martin J. Blank, Coalition for           throughout the process.                     publication.
            Community Schools                              Jane Quinn and Katherine
          • Heléne Clark, ActKnowledge               Eckstein of the National Center for
                                                     Community Schools at The Children’s

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Proud artist and his parents at
                                                   The Children’s Aid/National Arts Club
                                                   annual Students’ Art Exhibit.
                                                   —The Children’s Aid Society

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Introduction

         The Children’s Aid Society (Children’s Aid) contracted with The Finance Project
         (TFP) to conduct a study to determine the social return on investment (SROI) of the
         New York City-based children’s charity’s community schools. An SROI calculation
         is a relatively new approach used to capture social value by translating outcomes
         into financial and nonfinancial measures.3 It differs from a traditional cost-benefit
         analysis because it is a framework for exploring an organization’s “social value,” both
         in dollar terms (“social profit”) and qualitative impact. This case study is a landmark
         attempt to use SROI analysis to measure the value of the Children’s Aid community
         school model.

         Purpose of the Case Study
         Increasingly, policymakers, state and city officials, and members of the private phi-
         lanthropy community want clear evidence of the results of their investments. One pur-
         pose of this study is to provide these leaders and other decisionmakers with the critical
         information they need to understand the return on their investments in Children’s
         Aid. The goal of this study is to better understand the impact of the community
         schools operated by The Children’s Aid Society on students, families, and the school
         community. It analyzes “value” not only in terms of improved outcomes, but also
         through additional revenues generated and costs avoided using an SROI approach.
         This approach looks at the total monetary benefit derived from social investments
         relative to the monetary costs of those investments.
                SROI can be a powerful tool for communicating the monetary value of the
         community schools in a way that resonates with public- and private-sector leaders.
         Children’s Aid and other community school leaders and decisionmakers can use the
         study’s findings to guide their program, policy, and funding decisions. Therefore,
         TFP opted for a straightforward approach to ensure the funders, policymakers, and
         other leaders have a significant level of confidence in the findings. The approach used
         to conduct the SROI analysis strives to balance the client’s goals with the realities of
         available data and rigorous methodology.

         3.   New Economics Foundation, Measuring Value: A Guide to Social Return on Investment, 2d. ed. (London,
              England: New Economics Foundation, 2008).

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“Making every school a community school has to be our collective
         vision. This has to be the rule rather than the exception.”
         —Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Children’s Aid Society, Community
         Schools National Conference, October 22, 2009
         http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/media-center/videos/arne-duncan-speaks-community-schools-practicum

         The Children’s Aid                                         Documented Impact                                        Aid found that on-site health clinics in
         Society’s Community                                        of Children’s Aid                                        four community schools helped prevent
         Schools                                                    Community Schools                                        emergency room visits by students that
                                                                                                                             would likely have occurred if these
         The Children’s Aid Society was founded                     The Children’s Aid Society has commis-                   students had attended a traditional
         in 1853 and offers a comprehensive array                   sioned several independent evaluations                   school without built-in access to health
         of services to more than 70,000 children                   of its community schools during the                      services. The data also revealed that
         and families each year at 45 locations                     past decade.4 Evaluation findings                        school-based health clinics at Children’s
         throughout New York City. Fundamental                      include these:                                           Aid community schools provided more
         to Children’s Aid’s theory of change                        • Children who participated in com-                     timely access to mental health services
         and school philosophy is the belief that                      munity school afterschool programs                    than traditional schools.5
         a focus on the education of children                          demonstrated greater gains in math
         and the strength of the surrounding                           and reading than non-participants,
         community results in a “web of support”                       particularly when they attended the
         for children’s optimal development. Its                       program for more than one year.
         community schools provide various                           • Student and teacher attendance was
         supports and services all year long, both                     higher at community schools than at
         during and outside the regular school                         matched comparison schools.
         day, to help students develop academi-                      • Teachers, parents, and students
         cally and socially.                                           at community schools rate school
                Depending on the school site,                          climate more positively than do their
         students may participate in extended day                      peers at comparison schools.
         academic enrichment programs or receive                     • Parent/caregiver involvement was
         on-site or school-linked medical, dental,                     significantly higher in community
         and mental health services. Family and                        schools than in comparison schools.
         community members can also access
         early childhood or adult education                         Furthermore, some Children’s Aid com-
         programs. These five comprehensive                         munity schools offer on-site (or school-
         supports and services are integrated                       linked) health and mental health services
         and aligned with the school day and                        for students. Based on data it collected
         are provided to those most in need of                      between 2007 and 2009 on several
         academic and social boosts.                                indicators of child health, Children’s

         4.   The Children’s Aid Society, Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action.(New York: The Children’s Aid Society, 2011).
         5.   The Children’s Aid Society, “School-Based Health Centers Dashboard” (New York: The Children’s Aid Society, 2012), www.childrensaidsociety.org/publications/
              spring-2012-school-based-health-centers-dashboard.

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High school students construct thoughtful
             portfolios to compete for college entrance.
             —The Children’s Aid Society

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Graduation ceremony for The Children’s Aid
                                                   Society’s Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership
                                                   Institute. Since its inception in 2007, the
                                                   Institute has graduated an average of 400
                                                   parents and family members a year.
                                                   —The Children’s Aid Society

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SROI Approach, Tools,
         and Analysis

         The Finance Project partnered with The Children’s Aid Society to pilot a methodology,
         adapted from the New Economics Foundation,6 to assess the social return on invest-
         ment of community schools. The key steps identified and used to conduct an SROI
         analysis include:
         • Step 1: Understand what to measure
            • Engage stakeholders
            • Review and refine the theory of change
            • Define the analysis parameters
         • Step 2: Prepare for the SROI Analysis
            • Determine a sample
            • Establish a data collection process
            • Collect outcome and cost data, including in-kind costs
            • Identify outcomes and indicators to be measured and collected
            • Develop an impact map
         • Step 3: Model and calculate the SROI
            • Determine financial values and proxies
            • Calculate impact
            • Calculate the SROI

         Step 1: Understand What to Measure
         To create a solid foundation for the SROI analysis, community school leaders
         must engage stakeholders, review and refine the theory of change, and define the
         analysis parameters.

         Engage Stakeholders
         To help guide the case study, Children’s Aid convened an 9-member advisory com-
         mittee consisting of experts in research, public policy, and program development and
         administration. The advisory committee was asked to review and offer feedback on the
         study methodology, provide feedback on the content and presentation of the findings,
         and help identify key audiences for the study findings. Also instrumental to the case
         study were members of the Children’s Aid staff, who provided overall direction.
               Evaluation experts on the advisory committee were engaged throughout the
         SROI process to offer advice and comment on the study design and quality of the
         data. On December 14, 2010, the advisory committee met to agree on the final
         study methodology, including how to address data limitations and the rigor of the

         6.   New Economics Foundation.

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At Children’s Aid Society community schools,
              students have access to comprehensive health care,
              including medical and dental services.
              —The Children’s Aid Society

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“Evaluations back up the anecdotes of accomplishment…This research
         record makes the Children’s Aid Society Exhibit #1 in the case for
         community schools nationwide.”

         —David L. Kirp
         Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future, by David L. Kirp.
         (New York: Public Affairs, Perseus Books Group, 2011).
         approach, and to identify opportunities      • Schools are engaged with families           Step 2: Prepare for the
         to communicate the study findings to           and communities.                            SROI Analysis
         key stakeholders.                            • Teachers and principals are effective.
                The December 2010 meeting                                                           After clarifying what to measure, com-
         launched the start of the SROI study and     These goals formed the basis of the           munity school leaders must determine
         was instrumental in deciding the param-      analysis. After careful review of the goals   a sample; establish a data collection
         eters of the analysis. Specifically, the     and intended outcomes of Children’s Aid       process; collect cost and outcome data;
         advisory committee provided guidance         and other community school initiatives,       identify outcomes and indicators to be
         regarding the Children’s Aid outcomes,       more than 40 outcomes pertaining to the       measured and collected; and develop an
         potential data sources, and recommended      eight major goals were identified for the     impact map.
         study sample. The committee also             analysis (see Appendix A: Community
         forewarned TFP about the risks involved      School Goals and Outcomes Crosswalk).         Determine a Sample
         in the monetization process stating, “You    Each outcome relates to measurable            Two of The Children’s Aid Society’s
         have to monetize everything. If not,         indicators that are used to assess the        sites—P.S. 5/Ellen Lurie Elementary
         the outcome will be underrepresented         value of community schools.                   School (prekindergarten to grade 5)
         and you don’t want to miss any of the                                                      and its sister site, the Salomé Ureña de
         benefits.” The committee added, “There       Define the Analysis                           Henriquez Campus (grades 6 to 12)—
         is a lot of value in monetizing, but         Parameters                                    were chosen to be part of the pilot effort
         over-monetizing can cause too much           To ensure the efficacy and integrity of the   to measure the social return on invest-
         skepticism.” This critical advice enabled    case study, Children’s Aid, the advisory      ment of the Children’s Aid community
         TFP staff to develop a reliable evaluation   committee, and TFP staff agreed to limit      school model. These sites were chosen
         method for The Children’s Aid Society.       the case study to a sample of “full-          because of the comprehensive program
                                                      service” elementary and middle schools        approach and longevity of the programs
         Review and Refine the                        for the three most recently completed         at these school sites. Both school sites
         Theory of Change                             school years, 2007 to 2010. Full-service      are considered “full service,” meaning
         The relationship between the program         schools include four major service areas:     they offer the full array of Children’s Aid
         components offered by Children’s Aid         expanded learning opportunities (includ-      program services. The Children’s Aid
         and the respective goals those compo-        ing afterschool and summer programs);         Society has operated the schools since
         nents intend to achieve is known as          on-site or school-linked health and           1993 and 1992, respectively.
         a “theory of change.” Children’s Aid’s       mental health services; parent educa-                P.S. 5/Ellen Lurie Elementary
         theory of change is representative of        tion and engagement; and other family         School has a student body of approxi-
         that of other community school models.       support services. These four service areas    mately 800 students. The Salomé Ureña
         Therefore, TFP staff analyzed the            address all eight community school goals.     de Henríquez Campus (Salomé Ureña) is
         goals of the Coalition for Community                The Children’s Aid case study          more complex, because three schools are
         Schools and The Children’s Aid Society       sought to answer these questions:             housed on one campus: the City College
         to identify eight primary goals of            • What is the SROI of a                      Academy of the Arts, M292 (grades 6
         community schools:                              sample of Children’s Aid-affiliated        to 12); an Intermediate School, IS 218
          • Children are ready to                        elementary schools?                        (grades 6 to 8); and Middle School 322
            enter kindergarten.                        • What is the SROI of a                      (grades 6 to 8). Combined, these three
          • Students are active in the school and        sample of Children’s Aid-affiliated        schools serve a student body of approxi-
            in the community.                            middle schools?                            mately 1,300 students.
          • Students succeed academically.             • How do the various Children’s Aid                 Most adult participants in the
          • Students are healthy physically,             program components contribute to           Children’s Aid-offered services at these
            socially, and emotionally.                   the overall return on investment?          sites are parents of the enrolled students;
          • Students live and learn in a safe and      • If possible, what is the SROI of a         however, community residents other
            supportive environment.                      random sample of peer elementary           than students or their parents also
          • Families are involved with their             and middle schools?                        participate in these services. The breadth
            children’s education.                                                                   of the programming at these sites sets a

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“The community-wide approach where a school is the hub of holistic services is a recipe for
         success. The Vito Marcantonio School (P.S.-I.S. 50) works with organizations like the Children’s
         Aid Society to help its students succeed. The Harlem Children’s Zone approach may be too
         costly to replicate in every neighborhood, but its framework, as evidenced by P.S.-I.S. 50, should
         serve as a model for at-risk communities everywhere.”

         —Alma J. Powell, Chairwoman, America’s Promise Alliance
         The New York Times, May 11, 2009
         solid baseline for determining the social     collection tools, such as data from the         cost, the value of food costs for
         return of the Children’s Aid services         Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT)          afterschool programs provided by
         not only on participants of particular        or percentage estimates from standard-          the city’s education department, and
         programs, but also on other students          ized test scores. (See Data Limitations on      the value of volunteer staff and other
         attending the schools. This is known as       page 15.)                                       in-kind services.
         the “spillover effect.”
                                                       Collect Cost and                                    TFP staff collected all relevant cost
         Establish a Data                              Outcome Data                                 and budget data for PS 5 and Salomé
         Collection Process                            Two types of data are required for the       Ureña from 2007 to 2010 and averaged
         A project team at The Finance Project         SROI analysis: cost data and outcome         the cost over that three-year period as the
         worked closely with key members of The        data. Cost data, known as the “value of      operating cost of the community schools.
         Children’s Aid Society staff (Jane Quinn,     the investment,” reflects the monetary       They worked with identified Children’s
         vice president for community schools          value of the resources required to operate   Aid contacts to track and collect all cost
         and director of the National Center for       community schools. Outcome data,             and budget data. The Children’s Aid
         Community Schools; and Katherine              known as the “value of the benefit,” is      Society collected budget data separately
         Eckstein, director of public policy) to       the perceived benefit translated into a      for the programs operated at each school.
         identify and collect student, parent, and     monetary value using financial proxies.      It also captured separate budget data for
         community indicators on both regular          The pilot study used data for Children’s     the regular day school budget, which is
         school day activities and Children’s Aid      Aid community schools from academic          funded through city, state, and federal
         activities at PS 5 and Salomé Ureña.          years 2007–08, 2008–09, and 2009–10,         funding sources.
                The data collection process also       mostly available through the New                    Five peer schools were used as the
         included working with Children’s Aid          York City Department of Education’s          comparison group for this study. All
         community schools’ director of quality        databases and in-house data, including       comparison schools were matched by
         control, Angela Rodriguez, and director       The Children’s Aid Society’s independent     key demographics to the Children’s Aid
         of fiscal operations, Robert Aguirre. Mr.     evaluator, ActKnowledge.                     school sample. To measure the SROI,
         Aguirre was responsible for gathering                                                      budget information also was collected on
         and delivering the cost and budget data,      Cost Data. To calculate the social return    the sample of five peer schools. Because
         while Ms. Rodriguez worked to obtain          on investment, TFP staff first determined    most of the funding that schools receive
         the right outcome and indicator data. As      what it cost to produce the results          is based on the Fair Student Funding
         needed, several other key stakeholders,       achieved by the Children’s Aid commu-        Allocation, a formula that allocates fund-
         including the Children’s Aid community        nity schools. To get a “true” cost, three    ing to all public New York City Schools,
         school directors at each of the study sites   types of cost categories were considered:    budget data was collected to verify that
         (Madelyn Gonzalez at PS 5 and Migdalia         • Program costs, including all staffing     per-student expenditures generally were
         Cortes-Torres at Salomé Ureña) and an            costs, materials, and supplies for        equivalent between the peer schools and
         external evaluator provided outcome data         providing the direct services;            Children’s Aid schools.
         and information regarding the programs         • Overhead/administrative costs,
         at the two study sites. All cost and             including the costs of providing          Outcome Data. Outcome data deter-
         outcome data were then shared with TFP           support to all the Children’s Aid         mines the impact, or added value, of
         staff, which they managed, reviewed, and         community schools, such as payroll        the community schools’ key program
         shaped as part of the SROI analysis.             and benefits, program oversight and       components, such as afterschool
                Deciphering differences between           management, and policy develop-           programs, parent support services,
         preexisting and new data proved chal-            ment, as well as the actual cost of       and on-site health services. TFP staff
         lenging. Much of the preexisting data            operating the schools as recorded by      provided Children’s Aid with a checklist
         was not available in the format required         the New York City Department of           to help staff understand what outcome
         for the analysis. Therefore, TFP staff           Education; and                            data was available on multiple program
         relied heavily on raw data from The            • In-kind costs, including the value        components, including health, after-
         Children’s Aid Society or used average           of the space provided to Children’s       school, and early childhood programs.
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Data Limitations

              Longitudinal Data
              Data that tracks individual student outcomes over time was not available. For example, the graduation rate of students
              who have attended Children’s Aid elementary and or middle schools was unknown, so estimates had to be used. It is
              also unknown to what extent students who have attended Children’s Aid community schools have experienced nega-
              tive outcomes, such as spells in juvenile or adult corrections, unemployment, or receipt of Temporary Assistance for
              Needy Families.

              Incomplete Data
              Unlike middle schools, where an evaluation has been completed on Children’s Aid 21st Century Community Learning
              Center afterschool programs, no evaluations that include high schools have been completed. One evaluation, conducted
              from 1993 to 1999 by Fordham University, included elementary schools. Although previous evaluation data was limited,
              The Children’s Aid Society was able to obtain some raw student data, primarily on participation in the Children’s Aid
              services. Individual student data was unknown, so a percentage estimate was used to determine impact when using
              standardized test scores and environmental survey data from the New York City Department of Education.

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data collected from the New York City               A list of measurable indicators was   and Salomé Ureña), each with particular
         Department of Education and other            used to develop an inventory checklist       beneficiaries: children from birth to
         sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau,     for each beneficiary. The measurable         age five (PS 5 only), students, families,
         New York City Police Department, New         indicators are linked to the list of more    and the school community. An impact
         York State Division of Criminal Justice      than 40 social, educational, environmen-     map was developed for each group of
         Services, New York City Department           tal, and health-related outcomes achieved    beneficiaries, which followed the inven-
         of City Planning, and New York City          according to the eight major goals. The      tory checklist described earlier and in
         Department of Health and Mental              checklist is composed of recommended         Appendix B. Actual available data points
         Hygiene. For example, the city education     community school outcomes and                were used to populate a Microsoft Excel
         department collects a significant amount     indicators categorized by beneficiary (see   impact map. Each of these impact maps
         of performance and accountability data       Appendix B: Data Inventory Worksheet).       can be found in Appendix C: Impact
         on all schools, including student perfor-    It was used to collect outcome data at the   Maps by Site and Beneficiary. A sample
         mance and school climate information,        two Children’s Aid sites, when available,    of the first part of an impact map for
         through a school survey and quality          for the three-year period 2007 to 2010.      the birth-to-age-five beneficiary group is
         reviews. Regular school day student          The purpose of collecting three years        found in Table 1.
         indicators from a randomly selected          of data was to determine an average for             TFP staff encountered several
         set of comparison peer schools also          each outcome to help gauge consistency       challenges when analyzing a comparison
         were collected.                              over time. Although The Children’s Aid       peer group. Specifically, the enrollment
                                                      Society would like to see improvements       numbers of the peer schools usually
         Identify Outcomes and                        across all outcomes, the average of          outnumbered the enrollment numbers
         Indicators To Be Measured                    the outcome data accounts for larger         at the Children’s Aid sites. This observa-
         and Collected                                increases or decreases over time.            tion was troublesome, because the
         A community school model has direct                                                       multiplier for the benefit was larger for
         and indirect beneficiaries. The Children’s   Develop an Impact Map                        the peer group than for the Children’s
         Aid Society focuses on four major            The eight identified goals created           Aid sample. As a result, the measure of
         direct beneficiaries:                        the framework for an impact map of           total impact was skewed for the impact
         • Infants and young children, from           Children’s Aid community school activi-      map. Cost data for the comparison
            birth to age five;                        ties. An impact map is used to capture       group also was skewed, because the
         • Students;                                  how an activity makes a difference, what     only data source was the New York
         • Families; and the                          kind of difference, and to whom. In          City Department of Education. It was
         • School Community                           addition to a “monetization” process,        unclear whether other program activities
                                                      in which the outcomes were assigned a        took place at the selected group of peer
         Although other stakeholders related to       dollar value corresponding to benefits       schools. Subsequent studies will require
         Children’s Aid community schools exist,      or cost savings, this information is used    additional outreach to the comparison
         including staff, volunteers, funders,        to calculate and analyze Children’s Aid’s    schools to ascertain the impact.
         and taxpayers, this study focused on         social return on investment.
         the impact on those most affected by                Children’s Aid’s study design
         community school activities.                 included two sets of school sites (PS 5

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Table 1: Birth-to-Age-Five Beneficiary Group—Impact Map Layout, Part 1
                Outcome                   Indicator                        Indicator                          2008   2009   2010       Three-year
                                                                           Proxy                                                       Average/
                                                                                                                                       Estimate
                Children attend early     Total enrollment and             Total enrollment                    134    136     138         136
                childhood programs.       attendance in Head Start,
                                          Early Head Start, or other       Average daily attendance            118    120     121         120
                                          formal early child care
                                          programs offered by
                                          Children’s Aid.

                Children have adequate    Number of visits to community    Health center visits by children    296    342     217         285
                physical well-being.      school health center for early   4 years old and younger (does
                                          childhood checkups.              not include first aid)

                Children have attained    Measures of child literacy       PPVT scores for a nationally                     29 (52%)       29
                cognitive and early       and language development:        representative sample
                literacy skills.          recognizing letters; counting
                                          to 20 or higher; understanding   Number of students enrolled                      28 (50%)       28
                                          concepts of print, listening,    in the community school’s
                                          and speaking; and reading or     reading program
                                          pretending to read.

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Step 3: Model and                              should be conducted with site coordina-
                                                   Calculate the SROI                             tors and staff, Children’s Aid program
                                                                                                  evaluators, and other stakeholders to
                                                   Efforts to determine financial values and      better understand the value of these
                                                   proxies, calculate impact, and calculate       measures, which are not easily quantifi-
                                                   the SROI comprise the last step.               able. Without this information, TFP was
                                                                                                  unable to answer the research question,
                                                   Determine Financial Values                     “How do the various Children’s Aid
                                                   and Proxies                                    program components contribute to the
                                                   Based on the available outcome data,           overall return on investment?”
                                                   TFP staff identified financial values
                                                   and/or proxies for identified outcomes         Calculate Impact
                                                   using the research literature. This            Once a complete inventory of the costs
                                                   process is referred to as “monetizing”         and monetized benefits for Children’s
                                                   the outcomes. Monetizing an outcome            Aid was established, TFP staff calculated
                                                   helps assign a financial value to the social   the impact of the outcomes using the
                                                   benefits produced.                             following steps:
                                                         The process of determining the            • Multiply the financial value by the
                                                   financial value for each outcome for              quantity of the outcomes, which
                                                   which The Children’s Aid Society                  equals a total unit value.
                                                   had data varied. TFP staff conducted            • Repeat the process for each outcome
                                                   extensive research of third-party sources         to arrive at the total unit value/impact
                                                   to identify and assign the most accurate          for each set of outcomes.
                                                   proxies possible. When feasible, average        • Aggregate the total to arrive at the
                                                   costs were used and both fixed costs and          overall impact of the outcomes for
                                                   variable costs were noted. The proxies            related beneficiaries.
                                                   included the price for a service, social
                                                   validation (e.g., worth to the stake-          This process is illustrated in the second
                                                   holder), cost savings, average household       section of the impact map example in
                                                   spending, and travel costs.                    Table 3 and is the representation of the
         Camper enjoys the beautiful                     In addition, many of the proxies         full collection of data points broken up
         weather at The Children’s                 had to be converted into an indexed            by beneficiary, outcome, and proxy value.
                                                   value to represent the New York City           Microsoft Excel was used to track and
         Aid Society’s Wagon Road                  dollar in 2010. This included an inten-        calculate the totals.
         summer camp outside New                   sive process of finding the appropriate               After an impact map for each
         York City.                                population size and adjusting for infla-       beneficiary has been calculated, the next
                                                   tion. Once an indexed value was deter-         step requires adding the total costs from
                                                   mined on the appropriate outcomes, the         the cost data and the total monetized
         — The Children’s Aid Society              financial proxies were carefully organized     benefits from the impact calculations.
                                                   by outcome attributed to a specific            Table 4 demonstrates the total costs and
                                                   beneficiary (see Appendix D: Monetized         benefits for PS 5. The impact map for
                                                   Benefits).                                     each beneficiary by school site is included
                                                         Several outcomes do not have             in Appendix C: Impact Maps by Site
                                                   a direct financial proxy. Table 2 lists        and Beneficiary.
                                                   outcomes that should be considered in
                                                   the results of the SROI analysis but are       Calculate the SROI
                                                   not calculated in the formula. To further      The last three steps TFP staff used to
                                                   strengthen this case study, interviews         calculate the SROI include subtracting

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Table 2: Outcomes Without a Direct Financial Proxy
                Beneficiary                            Outcome
                Children birth to age five             Children have developed social and emotional skills.

                Children birth to age five             Children have adequate motor development.

                Children birth to age five             Children are motivated to learn.

                Students                               Students demonstrate competencies based on the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.

                Family                                 Parents, teachers, and peers have high expectations for youth.

                Family                                 Flexible options for parent engagement are evident.

                School Community                       Teachers improve student performance.

                School Community                       Strong and effective school leadership exists.

                School Community                       Teachers understand their students and have cultural competence.

              Table 3: Birth-to-Age-Five Beneficiary Group—Impact Map Layout, Part 2
                Outcome                                  Indicator                                        Impacted            Financial       Total Unit Value
                                                                                                          Population          Value
                                                                                                          (three-year
                                                                                                          average)
                Children attend early childhood          Total enrollment                                               136       $10,847                           $1,475,192
                programs.
                                                         Average daily attendance                                                                        See total enrollment.

                Children have adequate physical          Health center visits by children 4 years old                   237       $17,172                           $4,069,764
                well-being.                              and younger (does not include first aid)

                Children have attained cognitive and     PPVT scores for a nationally representative                     29                           See cost savings above.
                early literacy skills.                   sample

                                                         Number of students enrolled in the                              28                           See cost savings above.
                                                         community school’s reading program

                                                                                                                                    TOTAL                           $5,544,956

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Table 4: PS 5—Total Costs and Benefits for The Children’s Aid Society
                Total Investments                                                                    Total Benefits
                Children’s Aid–operated early childhood program(s)                $988,347           Birth to Five                               $5,544,956

                Children’s Aid programming, including afterschool and             $801,497           Student                                    $44,247,955
                other programs for children and families
                                                                                                     Family                                              $0
                New York City Department of Education individual                $7,819,451
                school operations                                                                    School                                       $965,736

                Health center operations                                           340,900           TOTAL                                     $50,758,647

                In-kind services donated by the New York City Department          $171,494
                of Education or local businesses to support Children’s Aid
                operations, including value of volunteer time

                TOTAL                                                          $10,121,690

              Table 5: PS 5—Cost/Benefit Summary and SROI Calculation (at 27 Percent Deadweight)
                Total Investments                                                                    Total Benefits
                Children’s Aid-operated early childhood program(s)                $988,347           Birth to Five                               $5,544,956

                Children’s Aid programming, including afterschool and             $801,497           Student                                    $44,247,955
                other specific programs for children and families
                                                                                                     Family                                              $0
                New York City Department of Education individual                $7,819,451
                school operations                                                                    School                                       $965,736

                Health center operations                                           340,900           TOTAL                                     $50,758,647

                In-kind services, including donated volunteer time                $171,494

                TOTAL                                                          $10,121,690

                Deadweight @ 27%                            Year 1                  Year 2                     Year 3          Year 4          Year 5
                (i.e., Children’s Aid
                can claim 73% of
                the benefits)
                                                             $37,053,812             $27,049,283                 $19,745,977    $14,414,563     $10,522,631

                Net Present Value of Total                   $37,053,812             $27,049,283                 $19,745,977    $14,414,563     $10,522,631
                Benefits =
                                                                        1.02                 1.04                       1.06            1.08            1.10

                                                             $36,327,267             $25,998,926                 $18,607,075    $13,316,828      $9,530,671

                Net Present Value=                          $103,780,767

                           Net Present Value                $103,780,767
                SROI3 =                                                               SROI3 = 10.3
                          Value of Investment                $10,121,690

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the deadweight loss, converting figures       to the community school strategy and           by ranking six outcomes with an
         to a net present value, and computing         implementation in the schools analyzed         associated impact by high, medium,
         the SROI. The last few steps in the           (deadweight at 10 percent); medium             and low. The six known outcomes
         process required a great deal of math,        meaning a mid-range percentage of the          are these: students have access to
         but the calculations were easily done in      change can be attributed to the commu-         education services and supports inside
         Microsoft Excel.                              nity school strategy and implementation        and outside the school; students
                                                       in the schools analyzed (deadweight at         attend school regularly and stay
         Subtract Deadweight. Deadweight               25 percent); and low meaning a small           in school; students do not repeat
         is the percentage of benefit that would       percentage of the change in that outcome       grades; students are connected to
         have happened regardless of the presence      can be attributed to the community             caring adults in the school and the
         of the Children’s Aid community school        school strategy and implementation in          community; students have adequate
         program components. Deadweight is an          the schools analyzed (deadweight at 50         physical well-being; and students
         important factor in sensitivity analysis. A   percent).                                      have access to quality dental, health,
         sensitivity analysis assesses the extent to          For the various beneficiary groups,     and mental health services. Of the six
         which impact estimates are attributable       Clark, Quinn and Negrón estimated the          outcomes, Children’s Aid determined
         to the Children’s Aid community school        following deadweights:                         that attribution was high in three
         program components. This is done by            • Infants and young children—10               areas, medium in two areas, and low
         subtracting the total deadweight from            percent deadweight; Children’s Aid          in one area.
         the total value of benefits by beneficiary       believes that 90 percent of the change    • Salomé Ureña students—16 percent
         for each year over the anticipated benefit       in this area is attributable to the         deadweight; this value was calculated
         period (t).                                      community school early childhood            by ranking seven outcomes with an
                For the pilot study, Heléne Clark         programs on the basis that these pro-       associated impact by high, medium,
         of ActKnowledge (external evaluator)             grams consistently receive the highest      and low. The seven known outcomes
         and Jane Quinn and Richard Negrón                ratings for their outcomes during           are these: students have access to
         from Children’s Aid reviewed each                federal reviews. In addition, these         education services and supports inside
         outcome in which there was an associ-            programs enroll extremely high-risk,        and outside the school; students
         ated impact for infants and young                low-income children who would be            attend school regularly and stay
         children, students, families, and the            unlikely to develop appropriate skills      in school; students are achieving
         school community. They developed a               and attitudes without intervention.         academically; students are connected
         rationale for assigning a deadweight value       Moreover, the programs have addi-           to caring adults in the school and the
         to each outcome (see Appendix E: SROI            tional literacy enrichment activities       community; students have adequate
         Deadweight Rationale). They rated each           that have been shown in a random            physical well-being; students have
         outcome as having high, medium, and              assignment study to boost children’s        access to quality dental, health, and
         low attribution—with high meaning a              literacy attainment.                        mental health services; and students
         large percentage of the change in that         • PS 5 students—22 percent dead-              have access to health and physical
         outcome is assessed as being attributable        weight; this value was calculated           education opportunities. Of the seven

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“The leaders of the Children’s Aid Society were, from the beginning
         of their work, aware of the importance of building programs that
         were comprehensive and creative and that allowed for individual
         attention, started early and involved parents.”
         —Joy G. Dryfoos, Education Researcher and Writer
         Community Schools in Action: Lessons from a Decade of Practice (Oxford University Press, 2005).

            outcomes, Children’s Aid determined                        percent of the total benefit is attribut-             Value of Benefits = Aggregated financial
            that attribution was high in four areas                    able to Children’s Aid.                               value of all beneficiaries in the analysis
            and medium in three areas.                                                                                       r = discount rate, 2 percent
          • Families—not applicable; no positive                   Convert benefits to net present value.                    t = time, 5 years
            or negative benefit was determined.                    To determine the SROI, TFP staff
          • School Community—50 percent                            calculated the net present value of the                   Calculate the SROI. After completing
            deadweight; for the only known                         benefits. The net present value reflects                  these steps, the SROI for Children’s Aid
            benefit—teachers are highly quali-                     the conversion of the costs of invest-                    community schools was calculated using
            fied—Children’s Aid indicated that                     ments in Children’s Aid community                         the following equation:
            being a community school does                          schools in prior years to costs in current
            not have an impact on the teacher                      dollars. It is the sum of all the periodic                              Net Present Value of Benefits
            assignment system. Research indicates                  cash flows adjusted to present-day value                  SROI =              Net Present Value of
            that schools in very disadvantaged                     at the appropriate discount rate (r) and                                          Investments
            neighborhoods are likely to have the                   benefit period (t).7 The net present value
            least qualified teachers.                              of the benefits is the numerator within                   The last of these steps can be difficult to
                                                                   the SROI equation. The discount rate                      follow. The results and numerical calcula-
         By averaging the total deadweight among                   (r) is the figure that makes the computed                 tion from these steps is demonstrated in
         each of these beneficiary groups for                      present value comparable now and in                       Tables 5 and 6.
         PS 5 and Salomé Ureña, the following                      the future. It is used to discount future
         deadweight values were used for the                       values to present value. It can be thought
         SROI analysis:                                            of as a reversed interest rate, where future
         • PS 5—deadweight at 27 percent,                          amounts are reflected today, with the
            which is the average deadweight value                  present value being smaller.8 In the case
            of infants and young children (10                      of Children’s Aid, the analysis assumed a
            percent), students (22 percent), and                   2 percent discount rate, which is consis-
            the school community (50 percent).                     tent with the inflation rate between 2009
            This indicates that 73 percent of                      and 2010.9 The time period (t) was esti-
            the total benefit is attributable to                   mated at five years. The net present value
            Children’s Aid.                                        (NPV) of the benefits can be calculated
         • Salomé Ureña—deadweight at                              by using the following calculation:
            33 percent, which is the average
            deadweight value of students (16                                            Value of Benefitst
            percent) and the school community                            NPV =
            (50 percent). This indicates that 67                                              (1 + r)t

         7. Tom Ralser, ROI for Nonprofits: The New Key to Sustainability (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2007).
         8. Ibid.
         9. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator, http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm.

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Table 6: Salomé Ureña—Cost/Benefit Summary and SROI Calculation (at 33 Percent Deadweight)
                Total Investments                                                                   Total Benefits
                Children’s Aid-operated child care program(s)                        N/A            Birth to Five                                      N/A

                Children’s Aid programming, including afterschool and           $959,835            Student                                    $51,519,957
                other specific programs for children and families
                                                                                                    Family                                               $0
                New York City Department of Education individual               $3,827,595
                school operations                                                                   School                                       $262,705

                Health center operations                                         958,700            TOTAL                                      $51,782,662

                In-kind services, including donated volunteer time              $124,657

                TOTAL                                                          $5,870,787

                Deadweight @ 27%                            Year 1                 Year 2                     Year 3          Year 4          Year 5
                (i.e., Children’s Aid
                can claim 73% of
                the benefits)
                                                                $34,694,384         $23,245,237                 $15,574,309    $10,434,787      $6,991,307

                Net Present Value of Total                      $34,694,384         $23,245,237                 $15,574,309    $10,434,787      $6,991,307
                Benefits =
                                                                        1.02                1.04                       1.06            1.08            1.10

                                                                $34,014,102         $22,342,596                 $14,676,019     $9,640,130      $6,332,242

                Net Present Value=                              $87,005,090

                           Net Present Value                    $87,005,090
                SROI3 =                                                              SROI3 = 14.8
                          Value of Investment                    $5,870,787

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At P.S. 5, healthy cooking is also for boys.
                                                   —The Children’s Aid Society

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Conclusion

         The SROI measures the value of                  estimates were derived from existing       The Children’s Aid Society can use the
         Children’s Aid community school                 data, which was not easily translated      current findings not only to demonstrate
         benefits relative to the costs of achiev-       into the form required for the             the value of the Children’s Aid com-
         ing those benefits. It is the ratio of the      study, or raw student data, which          munity schools, but also to support
         net present value of the investment.            is not always a good representation        decisionmaking when choosing which
         The SROI results for the Children’s             of outcome.                                programs to keep. For example, if a rela-
         Aid community school sites (PS 5 and          • Researching a comparison group             tively low investment in programming at
         Salomé Ureña) were positive. In fact, The       can help The Children’s Aid Society        the middle school and high school levels
         Children’s Aid Society programs at PS           assess the difference between the          produces high outcomes, this program
         5 produce a 10.3 to 1.0 ratio; at Salomé        impact of a traditional school and the     may be prioritized over more costly pro-
         Ureña, a 14.8 to 1.0 ratio. A ratio of 10.3     impact of a school with the expanded       grams with low outcomes. Specifically,
         to 1.0 indicates that an investment of $1       and extended services offered by           Children’s Aid can review its impact
         delivers $10.30 in social value; a ratio of     Children’s Aid. This knowledge would       map to determine whether programs
         14.8 to 1.0 indicates that an investment        enable Children’s Aid to strengthen        that yield higher outcomes, such as the
         of $1 delivers $14.80 in social value.          its understanding of the difference in     Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
                When presenting these ratios             impact achieved through the addi-          Program or Go! Books, should be contin-
         to stakeholders, The Children’s Aid             tional investment by Children’s Aid        ued or expanded. The impact map can
         Society will need to determine how best         and its supporters beyond the invest-      also help decisionmakers assess what pro-
         to represent these figures and which            ments already made in a traditional        grams have high participation and low
         sensitivity level is more appropriate; in       school. It also is important to show       participation, such as specific afterschool
         other words, how much of the benefit            funders the significant student, family,   components. Ultimately, this informa-
         can Children’s Aid credibly claim? The          and community outcomes observed            tion can be used to demonstrate to key
         detailed approach Children’s Aid took           because of Children’s Aid.                 stakeholders the value of Children’s Aid
         in estimating deadweight among each           • Expanding this study to include            community schools to students, families,
         outcome allows for a sound justification        more school sites would be valuable.       and communities.
         in its ability to claim 73 percent of the       So, too, would focus group discus-                Last, the findings provide clear
         benefit for PS 5 and 67 percent of the          sions with key stakeholders (e.g.,         quantitative evidence that investments
         benefit for Salomé Ureña.                       parents, teachers, and site staff) to      in Children’s Aid community schools are
                While the preliminary findings on        assess the value of outcomes that          making a demonstrable difference in the
         Children’s Aid community schools are            are not easily quantifiable. Doing so      community. This evidence of real quanti-
         promising, the study could be strength-         would give Children’s Aid community        fiable social benefits is what leaders need
         ened. Specifically, research in these           school leaders a better understanding      to maintain their support of community
         additional areas would bolster the results:     of how the various program compo-          schools and to increase that support in
          • Solidifying the impact estimates             nents contribute to the overall return     search of additional significant social
            would be an important next step              on investment.                             returns on those investments.
            for this study. Many of the impact

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