Third Sector News & Updates May 2020Resources for Communities to Address Evolving Challenges

May 2020
To our community:
As we enter our third month of pandemic precautions and remote working by e-mail and video-conference, Third Sector remains committed to supporting our valued partners in creating positive outcomes for their communities. We are transitioning from rapid response to the endurance phase of serving our communities during this time, prioritizing support for public systems to deliver equitable outcomes.
In the wake of the destructive health and economic impacts of COVID-19, Third Sector has spent these months supporting our communities to meet immediate needs while continuing to co-design more permanent fundamental changes in the delivery of public resources. We have the opportunity to support our public sector so that it comes through this crisis stronger, specifically by delivering results from services developed through trusting, accountable relationships within communities.
Ensuring public services are delivered effectively and efficiently — and measuring outcomes to understand how well they are addressing documented needs — has never been more important. This work is at the heart of Third Sector’s mission.
We have several new resources that we hope can help you build stronger partnerships, define success for your programs, and collect and share the right data to help the communities you serve:
Third Sector is devoted to continuing to help our partners transform governments’ funding relationships with communities to be outcomes driven and equitable. We welcome suggestions for additional ways Third Sector can best draw from our expertise to help you navigate serving and supporting this new world of profound human need we face. Please reach out to us at
Thank you for your partnership,
Third Sector Executive Team
Caroline Whistler, CEO and Co-Founder
Dynasti Hunt, Managing Director
Kristel Kurtz, Managing Director
Tim Pennell, Director
New Resources From Third Sector and Our Partners
Five Principles for Government Agency Emergency Procurement
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, our partners in state and local government are working around the clock to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, care for the sick, and provide immediate support to tens of millions of Americans who suddenly find themselves out of work. In response, we have shared Five Principles for Government Agency Emergency Procurement including key questions for agencies to ask their teams as contracts for services are created, or rewritten to address changes to immediate needs.
ROI and Beyond: Establishing a Framework for Improving Workforce Systems
In collaboration with BrightHive, Third Sector recently published ROI and Beyond: Establishing a Framework for Improving Workforce Systems. Created for the Data Advisory Council the framework standardizes how workforce development stakeholders including agencies and job-seekers can assess the impact of training programs. The report discusses how agencies can leverage data from both government and service providers to ensure services are effective, representative of communities, and lead to stable employment and education outcomes for program participants.
Unlocking Economic Opportunity Through Community Partnerships
Despite the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, the decade preceding the COVID-19 crisis saw tremendous growth and innovation that did not benefit all Americans equally. To support organizations' understanding of the workforce funding landscape and how to develop innovative and successful cross-sector partnerships, Third Sector and Hope Street Group collaborated to develop the Workforce Ecosystem Mapping Guide for the Skilling America initiative. The guide will help organizations put the needs of the individual job seeker at the forefront to more effectively help those in need.
In Youth Today: "Top 3 Things States Need to Know to Use FFPSA to Remake Child Welfare Systems"
"Instead of making federal dollars available to states for services only after children have been removed from their families, the federal government now allows states to access certain funds for trauma-informed, evidence-based interventions and services that can prevent the need for foster care placements." Take a look at theTop 3 Things States Need to Know to Use FFPSA to Remake Child Welfare Systems” in Youth Today to learn how child welfare agencies can best take advantage of this new federal funding opportunity.
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