Evaluation of a program to increase the skills of the health care workforce in the Bay Area of California

The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) has invested $3.4 million in a first round of grants for workforce programs that are expected to train and advance nearly 700 low-income and low-wage, entry-level and incumbent workers. The Collaborative consists of 13 private foundations and the State of California's Employment Development Department. Over 80 percent of these grants were for health care workforce innovations. This grant partially supports the evaluation of this program. Five Bay area foundations have contributed to this project. The BAWFC evaluation will identify promising practices and lessons learned among the grantees and will explore the approach to investment that this funding partnership is using. The evaluation will also provide the opportunity for extensive cross-site learning opportunities with the Boston-based SkillWorks program evaluation, as the same team is being used for both evaluations. Information from both of these programs will help Foundation staff design and implement future workforce programs and will add timely information to the Foundation's Jobs to Careers program. The project will be considered successful if reports are produced that help to structure technical assistance to Foundation workforce programs. Deliverables will be written reports consisting of quarterly memos and annual written reports.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $115,000.00

Awarded on: 11/29/2006

Time frame: 12/1/2006 - 6/30/2009

Grant Number: 56836


San Francisco Foundation

225 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, 94104-4244


Jessica Pitt
Project Director