Promoting Solutions

Promoting Evidence-Based Solutions

The Center for Social Innovation promotes effective responses to our nation’s most pressing social needs. At C4, we work to:

  • Understand how national, state, and local policies pose opportunities and challenges for vulnerable populations.
  • Assist in crafting and implementing policies that promote person-centered, evidence-based solutions.

We leverage our research and work in housing and homelessness, trauma, and behavioral health to provide:

  • Research that informs sound policy.
  • Insight and analysis for state and national policymakers.
  • Briefings and whitepapers for stakeholders.
  • Information and expert opinion for the media.
  • Engaging materials for general audiences.

Our Expert Team

Our team has extensive experience leading policy, program, and implementation initiatives at state and federal levels. Areas of expertise include housing and services for homeless and vulnerable children, youth, families, and individuals; recovery supports for people with behavioral health issues; and person-centered, trauma-informed care in human service programs and systems. For more information, contact Christina Murphy. Click on team member’s name to learn more.
Ellen BassukEllen Bassuk, M.D., C4 Founder, Senior Technical Advisor
Marc Dones Marc Dones, B.A., Associate, Equity Initiatives & Diversity
Christina Murphy Oct 2015Christina Murphy, M.M., Director of Communications
Jeff OlivetJeff Olivet, M.A., President and CEO
Kristen Paquette, M.P.H., Chief Program Officer
Laura Winn Laura Winn, M.A. Associate

Do Something about Racism in Your Homeless Program

Look at your staff, leadership, and board. Look at the data about people who are getting housing slots and and other services. Do they reflect the faces, diversity, and backgrounds of the people you serve? Learn more about C4’s Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities initiative.

Examples of Our Work

Increasing Recovery Housing in Ohio

Homelessness Prevention

Recovery Housing in the State of Ohio describes an environmental scan by C4 in conjunction with Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Council on Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers. The report documents current status, needs, opportunities, and challenges for expanding recovery housing throughout the state.

Virtual Learning Community for Young Leaders

As part of SAMHSA’s BRSS TACS initiative, C4 staff hosted Self-Exploration, Resiliency, and Professional Development: A Virtual Learning Community for Young Leaders. Learning community members networked with each other and nationally recognized experts, shared knowledge, and advanced their own professional development during three interactive sessions. Topics included Knowing Yourself as a Leader; Communications, Advocacy, Storytelling; and Cultivating Strong Teams and Partnerships.

Data Essentials Online Curriculum

As part of SAMHSA’s Grantee Data Technical Assistance project, C4 launched Data Essentials. This interactive, self-paced online curriculum engages learners in collecting, managing, and using program data. It includes simulated case studies and video clips with stories from the field as well as guidance from SAMHSA staff.

Supporting Peer-Run Community Organizations

C4 assists SAMHSA in helping peer-run community organizations understand how mission, planning, human capital, finances, and sustainability contribute to organizational health and effectiveness.

  • Substance Abuse Recovery
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