The strategy development approach is based on a through line of measurable progress as well as impact goals, from envision through execution stages.
A NEW DECADE: A NEW APPROACH
The Shared Future Fund is utilizing a new and unique approach to strategy development. It begins with a landscape assessment to understand the key social impact opportunity areas across the trafficking, homelessness and immigration integration areas, and then prioritizes potential interventions that best support a Theory of Change for each.
Each area of impact opportunity for Shared Future Fund is then aligned to overall impact goals and a clear path to execution via a Theory of Impact. An adaptive and agile test and learn approach is used to either accelerate what is already working or to develop new interventions, as the strategy needs to evolve.
THEORY OF CHANGE:
the thinking behind how a particular intervention will bring about results. The process usually starts with asking the question ‘What is our long term goal or outcome?’ Once this goal has been identified, the next consideration is: “What conditions must be in place for us to reach the goal?
THEORY OF IMPACT:
the described context and system in which your intended impact occurs, including but not limited to: 1) the characteristics of the community and the identified needs surrounding the targeted issue, 2) all of the efforts that deliver impact on your mission, not just those explicitly undertaken, 3) the relationship in and amongst those activities, explaining why they work together to create an outsized social impact, and 4) how interventions interact to mitigate, solve and serve your mission and vision.
All of the strategy development and execution work has an impact measurement framework that ties outcomes to decision making through the life of the strategy. This way, individual interventions can be defined, tested and evaluated independently and interdependently to increase confidence of long-term, measurable strategic impact.
We have begun with the Human Trafficking Strategy first to establish a model and momentum for the fund given the need in the trafficking landscape in the state. Once the trafficking strategy is implemented successfully and initial phases are tested, we will use the same approach to develop the homelessness and immigration integration strategies.
Shared Future Fund: Human Trafficking Strategy
Impact NV’s Shared Future Fund seeks to eliminate the cycle of trauma due to human trafficking within a generation. Trafficking is a multi-generation cycle perpetuated by systemic security, health and mental health issues in our community. We believe that a holistic, community centered strategy that emphasizes advocacy and collective impact rather than more traditional, individually funded interventions is required to realize the highest impact to this complex issue. To that end, Shared Future Fund will help ensure trafficking victims have the resources to ensure a path toward a healthy and productive future, within a generation. The Shared Future Fund will support selected evidence-based solutions in three areas of focus where specific gaps have been identified; Disrupting the Supply and Demand Cycle, Enabling Victim-centered Coordinated Care, and building Evidence-based Models for future intervention investment decisions.
These three areas have been identified through a year-long strategy development process that engaged key stakeholders, experienced service providers and local and national trafficking research experts.
The three levers:
Disrupting the Supply and Demand Cycle will be focused on interrupting the demand and sale transaction process between buyers and trafficking providers. Technology and AI applications are already used throughout the country to intercept requests, discourage buyers and inform law enforcement. Further, education on the laws within the city of Las Vegas and enforcement of the penalties will create increased individual and corporate awareness and understanding of the potential personal and societal implications.
Enabling Victim-centered, Coordinated Care for those who fall victim to being trafficked into prostitution, burglary, labor and other kinds of slavery provides a pathway from initial victim identification to trafficking survivor. Victims who are identified can be assessed, housed, treated, educated and supported on an individualized journey of healing and independence.
Building Evidence-based Models for creating and delivering coordinated advocacy, education and care help to focus resources toward the most promising intervention efforts. This helps to ensure that investment decisions are data driven and have clear measures to ensure highest likelihood of success and impact.