Carefully designed surveys that identify not only those who have been harmed, but also those who are at risk, either financially or mentally. A study on families in financial distress and Israel’s “new poor” was conducted for the Latet organization, and two measurements of the Crisis’ impact on senior citizens were performed for JDC-Eshel.
For the past 5 years, we have been carrying out a formative evaluation of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services’ “Breathing Easy” program, in collaboration with the JDC-Ashalim and the Rashi Foundation. The program’s target audience consists of about 6,000 families who receive high-intensity intervention, including a flexible basket of responses and holistic individual mentoring. In the accompanying study, we examine how the program has affected the families participating in it and what perceptual and systemic change it has created. In particular, we examine aspects of the program’s sustainability and its effects on various target audiences, such as young people and families of soldiers
Evidence-based decision-making tool to support investment planning and intervention design, using cutting-edge methods, including machine learning and network analysis. Produced for the Rashi Foundation, the JDC, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Welfare and the Jindas organization.
data-driven international comparisons and using complex system analysis, we created a knowledge-map that outlines the way forward for Israeli municipalities. Produced for the Ministry of Interior and the Maoz organization to support a national training program for change leaders in local governments, called “Makom”
economic abstractions – designed for the Israeli National Insurance Institute and building on our widely known alternative poverty index published yearly with the Latet Organization.
Supporting a collective impact of 5 ministries, 9 municipalities and about a dozen NGOs, backboned by JDC-Ashalim for the promotion of early childhood development in the Bedouin society. Providing context-specific knowledge to establish joint goals and objectives, determine evidence-based action plans and design common and agreed-upon measurements.
Based on an extensive review of international literature, consultations with experts and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education staff, we have formulated definitions, core competencies and development stages for each of the 13 skills that the Ministry of Education has decided to promote as part of the “2030 Graduate” strategy. The project, which was carried out for the Ministry of Education’s Planning and Strategy Department and the Pedagogical Secretariat, serves as the basis for the advancement of policy and to build a pedagogical program for the practical development of skills
In a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) we conducted in conjunction with Latet organization, we were able to alleviate hunger for more than half of the families who participated in the trial and improve the condition of all families who were in a state of severe food insecurity. The trial sample consisted of 130 families suffering from severe food insecurity that were randomly divided into two groups. The food security levels of both groups were measured three times during the trial year, using the USDA questionnaire. The study showed that all the families who participated in the trial experienced a significant improvement in their food security situation. 70% of the participating families experienced a significant improvement in their level of food security and the average rate of improvement among them was about 19% on the food security scale. In fact, 52% of all families who participated in the experiment were rescued from hunger. These figures are high compared to corresponding findings from interventions elsewhere in the world. The study also allowed us to draw lines for future scalable interventions to rescue families from starvation
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