From 2010 to 2012, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was a recipient of the Organizational Strengths Grant (OSG) offered through the Strong Field Project, a four-year effort by Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Blue Shield Against Violence program. Through use of these grant funds, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. took the lead in developing the Domestic Violence Information and Referral Center, a centralized database now accessed by over 34 domestic violence service providers throughout CA to aggregate and organize information on domestic violence agencies and services, and coordinate referrals to survivors.
In addition to funding, being a recipient of this grant has given our agency the opportunity to participate in a wide array of peer-learning and capacity building conferences and workshops. The most recent of which was the “Using Data to Tell Your Story: An OSG Convening on Evaluating Impact held on October 2nd at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in Oakland. Staff members Jill Zawisza and Mariya Taher attended this workshop, of which the focus was on understanding how collecting data on our agencies’ services is critical in determining our agencies effectiveness in reducing and ending domestic violence in our community. The workshop also offered the perfect opportunity for those OSG grantees whose focus was on evaluation to share their challenges, successes, tools, and innovations while undergoing their specific projects. Overall, the workshop was a great success and staff members Jill and Mariya were able to bring back some useful tools to implement at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Thank you Blue Shield Foundation for your continued support in strengthening the capacity of the domestic violence field and we look forward to the next OSG Convening.