Our programs aim to provide the community with the tools, knowledge, and resources to transform their lives and ultimately achieve their long-term educational, career, and financial goals.
These holistic programs and services reach more than 8,000 individuals and families annually in five languages.
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We partnered with six organizations to reach nine different communities of Oakland residents
Alongside our partners, we conducted 24 focus groups with a total of 330 participants.
Each focus group invited residents to discuss the signs and signals that they are already using to assess both the presence and absence of public safety in their community.
Next, we convened larger town halls with each community, totaling about 550 participants.
During town halls, we presented the full list of indicators and asked participants to vote for those that most closely reflected their own experiences of safety.
We coded and analyzed these Firsthand Indicators to paint a vivid and multi-dimensional picture of community safety.
Together, the Indicators reveal the interdependent processes that promote and hinder safety at the community level.
Together with Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention (DVP), we are using the Firsthand Indicators to identify promising points of intervention.
The Indicators can help DVP promote solutions that differ from traditional public safety policies, which are focused primarily on policing and incarceration.
Finally, we will work with DVP to deploy the Firsthand Indicators as quantitative measures to track progress and evaluate reforms.
The Indicators can be measured using a combination of observational, survey, and administrative data, providing alternatives to top-down metrics of what constitutes “success.”