Social Innovations Journal 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Nicholas Torres Open Journal Systems <p>Social Innovations Journal (SIJ) is dedicated to social innovators and entrepreneurs who work at the cross section between the private sector, government, and not-for-profits and aligns them toward collective social impact goals and public policy. SIJ chronicles social innovations and enterprises addressing the world’s most challenging issues surrounding social policy, leadership, human capital, and systems. 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SIJ is creating a new standard for social innovations and enterprise publications by including the “why” behind their innovation, their bottom line impact (social and financial), and the system and policy implications.</p> <p>The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) defines social innovation as a mechanism that “can concern conceptual, process or product change, organizational change and changes in financing, and can deal with new relationships with stakeholders and territories.” The OECD’s Forum on Social Innovation identifies the core components of social innovation as: </p> <ul> <li class="show">“identifying and delivering new services that improve the quality of life of individuals and communities; and </li> <li class="show">“identifying and implementing new labour market integration processes, new competencies, new jobs, and new forms of participation, as diverse elements that each contribute to improving the position of individuals in the workforce.” </li> </ul> <p>In the words of the OECD, <strong>“Social innovation is distinct from economic innovation because it is not about introducing new types of production or exploiting new markets in itself but is about satisfying new needs not provided by the market (even if markets intervene later) or creating new, more satisfactory ways of insertion in terms of giving people a place and a role in production.</strong></p> <p>“The key distinction is that social innovation deals with improving the welfare of individuals and community through employment, consumption or participation, its expressed purpose being therefore to provide solutions for individual and community problems.”</p> <p><strong>Open Access, Licensing, and Copyright</strong> </p> <p>The Social Innovations Journal is loyal open access for academic work, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and to use them for any other lawful purpose. 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ACHIEVEability is a Philadelphia, community-based nonprofit serving almost 3,000 residents each year that seeks to break the generational cycle of poverty for families through innovative and holistic programming.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span data-contrast="none">ACHIEVEability launched </span><strong><em><span data-contrast="none">TechUp </span></em></strong><span data-contrast="none">in 2021 in collaboration with Project Realign to disrupt the cycle of dead-end jobs for marginalized communities by paying, training and placing Black, low-wage workers in living-wage, high-growth Salesforce careers. Black workers are underrepresented in the tech industry and </span><strong><em><span data-contrast="none">TechUp</span></em></strong><span data-contrast="none"> serves as an opportunity to skill up Black jobseekers to diversify this sector. </span><span data-contrast="auto">With promising results from its first cohort, ACHIEVEability plans to scale TechUp to launch more Black families into safe, secure careers.</span>&nbsp;</p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Carly Maurer, Jamila Harris-Morrison Hunger Relief Innovation Through Collaboration 2022-03-04T13:12:26-08:00 Aurica Donovan Megha Kulshreshtha Alex Jackson <div> <p>Hunger and food insecurity persists even in the face of global food abundance. The world's farmers produce enough food to feed 1.5x the global population. In the United States, despite being home to 350+ food banks and 60,000 food pantries, 1 in 10 households experience food insecurity. Moreover, families of color are twice as likely as white families to face food insecurity. As a result, we must reframe the problem of hunger from being a problem of scarcity of food to instead being an access and affordability problem. As a society, we have not invested enough in innovation to solve for food access and affordability. When thinking about the future of our food ecosystem, in order to make it more equitable and sustainable, we must invest in solutions that connect rather than compete. Food Connect, a Philadelphia based non-profit hunger relief organization, focuses on bridging the gap between surplus food and hunger. The article outlines how Food Connect is pushing hunger relief innovation through technology, organizational development, pilot programming and partnership management to help build long term sustainable solutions that empower local communities to harness the power of local food players already within the food system.</p> </div> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Aurica Donovan, Megha Kulshreshtha, Alex Jackson A Philly Native’s Perspective on Collaboration 2022-03-08T10:55:40-08:00 Phillip Brooks <p>When I hear about collaboration, some of the first words that come to mind are partnership, honesty, willingness, and purpose. Why? In my experience, we learn to be reactive to situations and not proactive. We aren’t mind readers and can’t determine an individual’s intention when we first meet. Burning bridges, lack of respect, and losing sight of the overall goal are all factors that lead to the opposition when collaboration is mentioned. I’ve done my best to approach collaboration in three ways that have led to my success in building positive partnerships and fostering innovative collaborations.</p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Phillip Brooks Making DEI Real By Cutting Chains From The Past 2022-03-02T05:16:38-08:00 Jeffrey Brown <p>Pennsylvania has more people walking around with criminal histories than almost any other state in the country, and here, as around the country, people of color are disproportionately burdened by arrests and convictions. Once someone has completed their judge-imposed sentence, they are not free to get back to work: their criminal record keeps them chained to their past. Doing background checks, the vast majority of employers, landlords, academic institutions, and banks include criminal records which are available 24/7/365 in just three clicks. In almost every state, the only way to a clear record is with a pardon from the governor. Thanks to major reforms over the past three years, the pardon process in Pennsylvania costs nothing, takes little time, and does not require lawyers. That’s why all employers should be offering criminal record-clearing services as an employee benefit. </p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Jeffrey Brown Social Innovation in Community Food and Community Energy: The Feeding Tariff 2021-12-13T07:17:52-08:00 Nigel Curry <p>The Feeding Tariff social innovation project creates a local circular economy whereby a 20-year income stream, generated by community renewable energy projects, is gifted to a range of community food projects to allow them to pursue nonmarket goals (food poverty, food health, mental health, food waste reduction, dietary education) with long-term revenue security, which allows strategic planning. This provides benefits in both community and environmental terms by working with systems rather than sectors. The innovation can be replicated anywhere and at many different scales.</p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Nigel Curry Evidence of the Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning Active Methods in Health Courses: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis 2021-12-15T14:50:04-08:00 Emily Ferreira Kíllya Paiva Santos Glauce Dias da Costa Tiago Ricardo Moreira Luíza Delazari Borges Heloísa Helena Dias Daniel Souza Santos Ítalo Augusto Cunha Rodrigues Mariângela Orlandi Barbiero Rosângela Minardi Mitre Cotta <div> <p align="left"><strong><span lang="EN-US">Background:</span></strong><span lang="EN-US"> This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to estimate the evidence of the effectiveness of the active teaching and learning methods in health majors. </span></p> </div> <div> <p align="left"><strong><span lang="EN-US"> </span></strong><strong><span lang="EN-US">Methods: </span></strong><span lang="EN-US">W</span><span lang="EN-US">e systematically searched four major databases (i.e., PubMed/MEDLINE, LILACS, Scielo and ERIC). This review was according to the PRISMA method and registration in PROSPERO (CRD42018094054). This review included studies to compare active teaching and learning methods to the traditional methods in the different health majors. We consider all original articles published in the databases until April 29th, 2020. Data were analyzed using R software. The pooled estimates with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were presented using a forest plot. Higgins and Egger’s tests were used to assess heterogeneity and publication bias, respectively. Primary estimates were pooled using a random-effects meta-analysis model.</span></p> </div> <div> <p align="left"><strong><span lang="EN-US">Results: </span></strong><span lang="EN-US">Of the total of 27 identified articles 16 studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in this meta-analysis. The included studies sample size ranged from 18 to 379. The total sample was 4031 undergraduates from four health courses. The combined meta-analysis was 67% (95% CI: 0.13-0.54). </span></p> </div> <div> <p align="left"><strong><span lang="EN-US">Conclusions: </span></strong><span lang="EN-US">Our finding suggested that evidence exists of the effectiveness of the active teaching and learning methods when compared to the traditional methods in the health courses.</span></p> </div> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Emily Ferreira, Kíllya Paiva Santos, Glauce Dias da Costa, Tiago Ricardo Moreira, Luíza Delazari Borges, Heloísa Helena Dias, Daniel Souza Santos, Ítalo Augusto Cunha Rodrigues, Mariângela Orlandi Barbiero, Rosângela Minardi Mitre Cotta Not for Profit Access to Capital 2022-03-17T07:38:53-07:00 Erin Huddleston <p>Not-for-Profits need access to capital to scale and increase their social impact. When a not-for-profit wants to scale it needs capital, to set up processes, infrastructure, and staffing – much like a start-up. Access to capital is like air; when there isn’t enough, a not-for-profit cannot achieve its goals. Philanthropitch’s vision is to ensure that not-for-profits have the same access to capital as for-profit businesses. Philanthropitch achieves this vision by setting up a nomination and public voting process within an ecosystem that results in the supply of capital, knowledge, collaboration, and exposure for a region's most innovative nonprofits giving them the opportunity to scale their impact in their communities.</p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Erin Huddleston optical Prime by half Helen: Transforming Vision Care in Central Texas 2022-03-04T09:54:23-08:00 Olivia Schneider <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Myopia, otherwise known as nearsightedness, has reached epidemic proportions and continues to grow. Left untreated, myopia can lead to amblyopia, the leading cause of blindness in children. It is also easily treated with a pair of prescription glasses, but only for those with unfettered access to eye care. half Helen is leading the charge to transform vision care by bringing care directly to patients. With funding and support from their local community, half Helen built their area’s only mobile optometry clinic, optical Prime, and are on a mission to close the access to care gap for Central Texas.</span></p> <p><br><br></p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Olivia Schneider HeyKiddo: A Company Dedicated to Helping Adults Gain Better Control of Their Children’s Mental, Social and Emotional health 2022-03-03T14:38:54-08:00 Nicole Lipkin Kayla LeLeux-LaBarge <p>Children today are experiencing unprecedented rates of social, emotional, and mental health problems. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the mental health crisis among children is so dire that it has become a national emergency (2021). But there is hope. Research has consistently shown that early intervention is key when it comes to positive outcomes for childhood mental health disorders or issues. Put simply and powerfully, how we shape our children early on shapes their future. And no shaping is more powerful than what a child learns and models at home. HeyKiddo is a suite of digital solutions that helps parents, caretakers, and educators anticipate, detect and intervene when mental, social, and/or emotional issues or questions arise to prevent a more significant problem or crisis. HeyKiddo is a lifeline. Literally.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Nicole Lipkin, Kayla LeLeux-LaBarge Brain Wiring Game: Demystifying Synapse Formation and Brain Development During the Early Years 2021-08-29T23:50:32-07:00 Abhishek Raut Pranali Kothekar Subodh Gupta Pramod Bahulekar Poonam Kawade Savita Dakhane Chetna Maliye Simin Irani Rajlaxmi Nair Kundan Idzes <p>The early years in a child’s life are ‘critical’ as synaptic connections in the brain form and mature in this period. A child’s potential for development becomes irreversibly reduced if these early years are not enriched in a stimulating physical and psychosocial environment. Elucidating the underlying technical scientific concepts related to brain development to lay persons is a challenge specially in low-and-middle-income countries like India with limited literacy and/or ignorance. If these technical concepts are to be taken to the last person, across the last mile then simple, effective, acceptable solutions need to be metamorphosed for the local context considering the cultural, social and economic constraints.</p> <p> </p> <p>Brain wiring game is a participatory activity that helps to sensitize the audience about the ‘sculpting’ role of experiences on synapse formation and brain development during the early years. It evolved in 2018, during the preparatory phase of a field implementation research for empowering caregivers on Nurturing care being implemented in 4 districts of Maharashtra, India. Since then, it has been played with more than 200,000 individuals representing an entire spectrum from rural, urban and tribal areas, irrespective of their literacy status or socio-economic background. It has been played in a variety of settings ranging from classroom training sessions, field training sessions, mothers’ meetings at village level, Palak melawa (Community fair for Parents), sensitization meetings and community-based events. The participants who have been sensitized through this include parents, other caregivers, frontline health workers, para-medical staff, village council representatives and health professionals. </p> <p> </p> 2022-03-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Abhishek Raut, Pranali Kothekar, Subodh Gupta, Pramod Bahulekar; Poonam Kawade, Savita Dakhane; Chetna Maliye, Simin Irani, Rajlaxmi Nair, Kundan Idzes