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Collaboration Conundrums: Why Youth Service Leaders Embrace and Fear Collective Impact Efforts

Karen Pittman
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I recently spent two hours with afterschool and community leaders in Milwaukee who are joining together to improve the quality and coordination of youth programs in their city. This was the first “lunch and learn” gathering for partners in the initiative, called Beyond the Bell.  The informal Q- and-A covered many topics, from social and emotional learning to common core standards, but one strand of questions were particularly telling.

Webinar: White House/Obama Administration Policies Supporting Comprehensive Strategies for Youth


Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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In order for community partnerships to have a positive collective impact on young people’s lives, federal policies need to support comprehensive, place-based interagency efforts. The Forum for Youth Investment, in partnership with the National Collaboration for Youth, American Institutes for Research, the Campaign for Youth, the Children's Leadership Council and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, hosted a webinar to learn about the White House and the Obama Administration’s plans to support such comprehensive efforts for youth in general, and for disconnected youth in particular.

Higher Education Involvement with Child and Youth Coordinating Bodies

Friday, May 18, 2012
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The report, Higher Education Involvement with Child and Youth Coordinating Bodies, assesses how higher education stakeholders in six states contribute to the operation and success of state coordinating bodies, and identifies challenges and strategies for effectively engaging higher education stakeholders. An estimated 34 states are working to improve child and youth outcomes through the use of children's cabinets, commissions or councils.

Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out of School Time Intermediaries

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Based on the first national survey of after-school "intermediary" organizations, this report describes the after-school coordinating groups, the forms they take and their big concerns. Top of the list? Increasing access for disadvantaged youngsters to affordable, high-quality programs.

Community Collaboratives: 12 Profiles of Community-Wide Change

Monday, August 6, 2012
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Through their work with the White House Council for Community Solutions, The Bridgespan Group had the opportunity to learn from 12 community collaboratives engaged in collective impact across the country. These collaboratives have already achieved needle-moving change (at least 10 percent progress on a community-wide metric) and are making further strides in solving critical social issues. Below are profiles of each that share the collaboratives' paths to getting results.