In 2009, over half of the country’s elderly population were concentrated in just 11 states. (City Hall News)

United Community Centers

Brooklyn

United Community Centers (UCC) was founded by residents of local housing projects to organize East New York neighbors to struggle for a better community and higher quality of life. The settlement offers service programs and advocacy campaigns.

IBM SafetyNet Project



As part of our work to strengthen settlement houses, UNH is partnering with IBM through the SafetyNet Project. The Project is designed to make data collected by UNH members more usable through the implementation of IBM’s SafetyNet data management application and seeks to improve members’ ability to:

IBM has provided the SafetyNet application to four of UNH’s existing members. The application has been deployed to two UNH member agencies – Hudson Guild and Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center. UNH is committed to continuing the project throughout the year and will work to make access to the SafetyNet application available to other UNH members.

The Nonprofit Need

Nonprofit agencies are required to collect data and generate detailed reports to multiple funders to document the progress and outcomes of their work with program participants. This can be time consuming, particularly for organizations with limited staff. Records are often scattered between several office sites, making them hard to collect, and efforts to complete documentation can take resources away from operations and diminish services. 

The IBM SafetyNet application gives agencies a complete, at-a-glance snapshot of a client or family's progress and their needs while making it easier to administer contracts with multiple government agencies. Nonprofit agencies utilizing the application can centralize and standardize their program data and be better able to analyze and communicate the data in a compelling manner.

IBM SafetyNet

To help nonprofits address these challenges, IBM created software called IBM SafetyNet that reduces the time and expense required for reporting, administrative, and assessment processes. Nonprofit users of SafetyNet report time savings of between 20 and 40 percent. This allows nonprofits to focus on what they do best: serve clients.

Each nonprofit using the application is receiving services and software from IBM. The services include project management, training, consulting services and ongoing application hosting and support. With the deployment of SafetyNet, UNH member Jacob Riis Settlement House has reported improved ability to respond to funders who request information on short notice to document the efficacy of its services.

Thanks to a grant from The New York Community Trust, UNH has hired a project coordinator to serve as the primary liaison between UNH, IBM, and UNH member agencies. The Project Coordinator, Latoya Leslie, has responsibility for training and supporting staff at the member sites on how to implement and utilize the SafetyNet application.

 

For more information about the UNH/IBM SafetyNet Project, please contact Latoya Leslie, UNH/IBM SafetyNet Project Coordinator, at lleslie@unhny.org or 212-967-0322 x329.

 

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