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Blog Post: Theories of Change, Logframes, and Indicators: An Updated Resource Collection on Project Design

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: June 2, 2022
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Project Design and M&E Planning
Are you working to design a new project or refine the design of an existing program? Switchboard’s Resource Library hosts a variety of project design resources to help guide you through the process.  Strong project design starts with sound logic. Theories of change  and  logical frameworks (logframes) can both be considered types of logic models. A …

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Blog Post: The Virtual Afghan Placement and Assistance Program (VAPA): Virtual Support for Afghan Parolees

Author(s): International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Date: May 31, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management
This blog post includes contributions from: Emma Shah, Director, VAPA; Umniyah Aljandeel, Program Officer, VAPA; Julieta Guzman, RA/Assurance Liaison Coordinator, VAPA; and Salma Zewari, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, VAPA.  During phase one of the Afghan evacuation, approximately 74,000 Afghan newcomers were processed through eight military Safe Havens across the United States. Of these 74,000 Afghan …

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Blog Post: The Resources You Need to Get Started with Monitoring and Evaluation

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 24, 2022
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Project Design and M&E Planning
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is key to strong program design and delivery, both so service providers can track and improve their work and so funders can receive needed reports. But due to capacity issues, financial and time constraints, or the absence of clear processes, there are many reasons why M&E may sometimes be sidelined, infrequently …

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Blog Post: Ramadan 2022: Help Clients Observe the Holy Month with Health and Safety in Mind

Author(s): National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Date: April 6, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Cultural Awareness
Ramadan Mubarak! Muslims observing the Holy Month are eager to spend their nights breaking fast, reciting the Quran, praying nightly in congregation (for “taraweeh” and “qiyam al lail”), and connecting to their spirituality. This blog post shares how you can promote better public health to clients, so they can more safely enjoy Ramadan.

Blog Post: Supporting Afghan Clients’ Food Needs during Ramadan

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 1, 2022
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Food Security and Nutrition
This blog post suggests ways that refugee service providers can help meet the food needs of Afghan clients who are observing Ramadan while living in temporary housing.

Blog Post: The Workforce System and American Job Centers: Valuable Resources for Refugee Resettlement

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 30, 2022
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Career Advancement, Federal Workforce Development, Job Development
This blog post includes information about the American Job Centers (AJCs) and how service providers can support their clients in accessing federal, state, and local employment services.

Blog Post: COVID-19 Trending Topics: Omicron, At-Home Tests, and New Guidance

Author(s): National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Date: February 28, 2022
Topic(s): Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, COVID-19 remains at the forefront of our minds and those of our clients. Read this blog for the latest in resources and guidance from the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) that you can share with clients and review yourself to further your understanding of recent COVID-19 guidance.

Blog Post: Fundamentals of Equity and Resettlement: Lessons from a Panel Discussion

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 22, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement, Cultural Awareness
This blog post includes perspectives from Isabelle Darling, Refugee Mental Health Clinical Lead, National Partnership for Community Training; Fasil Aragaw, Refugee Integration Specialist, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services; Dr. Tadios Assefa, Founder and President of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Africa Institute; and Angie Uwimana, Interpreter, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community …

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Blog Post: Are Your Programs and Services Evidence-Based? Implementation Science can Help!

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 14, 2022
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Using Data and Evidence
Many resettlement agencies want to design and deliver more evidence-based services, but providers often struggle with putting available evidence into action. Guidance from the field of implementation science can help address this challenge. This blog post defines implementation science, it includes tips for how to get started, and a case study from the Kentucky Office of Refugees (KOR).

Blog Post: A Roadmap for Employers Hiring Afghan Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 27, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Employment
Subtopic(s): Career Advancement, Job Development, Job Readiness
As employment staff around the country assist Afghan newcomers with finding their first U.S. jobs, preparing job candidates for interviews is only one part of the process. Employment staff will need to consider that many companies are new to hiring this population and will also need guidance on how to prepare their HR teams to welcome this new workforce. This blog post shares tips for hiring Afghan newcomers.