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JAN 07 2015

Philadelphia LISC Embraces Text Surveying for Community Building

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Starting December 2014, Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a nonprofit community development organization and catalyst for community change, has adopted Textizen to support its work with community partners to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents for a better Philadelphia.

As LISC brings people and organizations together to revitalize neighborhoods, Textizen will serve as a robust community engagement tool, improving each community partner’s capacity to reach and engage residents. LISC’s community partners have more than 25 planned uses for text message outreach and communication in 2015, including programs already underway in West Philadelphia and Eastern North Philadelphia.

Although the planned uses vary widely, there is a common theme: text surveying will streamline the delivery of services, while also establishing a platform for continued engagement. The ability to reach out to entire groups of program participants at once will not only make routine communication easier, it will also help organizers develop new programs or refine existing ones in response to community interests or needs.

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OCT 09 2014

"Give Kids Sight Day" Tracks Outcomes with Textizen

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Image via Eagles Youth Partnership

Each year, the nonprofit Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership holds a “Give Kids Sight Day” event, providing free eye exams and glasses to more than 1,000 children in need. The event provides services regardless of insurance or citizenship, and has been a boon to thousands of kids in Philadelphia who are uninsured or whose parents can’t afford to replace lost or broken glasses.

The community’s reaction to Give Kids Sight Day has been overwhelming each time, but the event organizers had no way to truly measure the impact of their efforts. Since the glasses are mailed to schools for distribution, there was no way to confirm that children received them, or to gather data on the effect they had on kids’ lives.

This past summer, Give Kids Sight Day organizers realized they could solve this problem using accessible technology. They needed a way to reach out to families across all income levels, without requiring smartphones or home Internet access. Textizen’s ability to reach almost everyone (90% of U.S. adults have texting capabilities) made it a clear fit for the project, so we got to work measuring outcomes.

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