Social Services Project Overview
The purpose of the Choose Kindness Foundation Social Services implementations with facilitated groups is to help individuals learn how to cope with stress, anxiety, and other life challenges. Through ongoing interactive facilitated group sessions, participants learn how to develop kind practices and how to use mindfulness to not only increase kind habits but also to decrease unkind habits that prevent or damage close caring relationships. The goal of these group sessions is to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to use kindness and mindfulness to develop positive relationships that lead to happier, healthier, and more loving lives.
Funding for Organizations
Organizations may apply for funding for two stages of implementation.
Stage 1 involves only staff from the organization. Staff is asked to read the book for the chosen program and, in a facilitated group setting, discuss the content and complete the exercises in the book. In addition, the staff is asked to discuss ways to use the content when they are group leaders. If the organization chooses, staff may be compensated by the Choose Kindness Foundation for these group sessions.
Staff also is asked to complete one or more surveys to determine if they benefited from the materials and to determine the usefulness of working through the materials in a group setting. These surveys are the same as those that will be given to participants of facilitated groups during Stage 2.
Organizations also have the option of asking staff to complete a set of Kindness in the Workplace surveys to measure the culture of the organization in terms of positivity/kindness and incivility/negative behavior. All of these surveys are available in the Social Service Survey Packet that accompanies this application.
The main goal of Stage 1 is to prepare personnel to facilitate groups. A secondary goal is for the staff themselves to apply the skills and knowledge to their own lives, at their workplace, and at home.
Stage 2 involves small groups of participants led by staff members serving as facilitators. If the organization chooses, participants may be compensated for completing a weekly reading assignment and taking part in group sessions. All participants receive materials at no cost. The organization determines how and when payments are distributed to participants.
Participants are asked to complete one or more surveys to determine if they benefited from the materials and to determine the usefulness of working through the materials in a group setting. Approximately, mid-way through the book, facilitators will administer the Mid-Course Check-In Survey to the entire group.
Participants with a history of trauma are likely to be reluctant to join a facilitated group that will focus on making positive life changes. To motivate these participants, the Foundation will fund the organization conducting the groups to give a stipend or material goods to those who participate in most of the group settings.
Participant Evaluation Measures
The Foundation wants to determine the degree to which the funded implementations are benefiting different types of individuals. Therefore, background information will be requested for participants. This information includes identifying any factors that may put the participants at risk for negative life consequences such as health problems, incarceration, unemployment, and dysfunctional family life. In addition, risk factors such as poverty, trauma, and/or discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, and high ACES scores (if those data are available) will be included in a summary of the risk factors for all the participants. Providing this personal information is not required of participants, participants who do not want to provide the information will be able to participate fully in the group sessions.
The privacy of participants will be a priority. The demographic information and survey results will be provided to the Foundation without names or identifying information. The organizations will assign a code to each participant and keep those codes within the organization. No information that can be linked to participants will be available to the Foundation.
The data collected from the implementations will be analyzed by the Choose Kindness Foundation Data Management Coordinator. Statistical analyses will be conducted on the results of the surveys and summaries prepared. Again, the privacy of individuals will be protected. The primary purpose of the data collection and analysis is to assess the benefits to participants.