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Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America's Biggest Challenges

In December 2010, President Obama created the White House Council for Community Solutions to demonstrate the power of engaging “all citizens, all sectors working together.” The Council decided to look beyond individual programs showing success with limited populations and instead examine communities that are solving problems together and moving the needle in a way that improves results for the whole community.

Monday, February 6, 2012
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Communities face powerful challenges—a high-school dropout epidemic, youth unemployment, teen pregnancy—that require powerful solutions. In a climate of increasingly constrained resources, those solutions must help communities to achieve more with less. A new kind of community collaborative—an approach that aspires to significant community-wide progress by enlisting all sectors to work together toward a common goal—offers enormous promise to bring about broader, more lasting change across the nation.

Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.

The study identified 110 coordinating bodies and reported initial findings on the breadth of their partnerships and goals, how well they use data, and their effectiveness in using innovative strategies to support children and youth.

Friday, June 15, 2012
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While child and youth coordinating bodies such as Children’s Cabinets, P-20 Councils, and Early Childhood Councils are critical in providing seamless, effective and efficient services to children and youth, there is little research on them. Which is why the Forum conducted the Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.: the first comprehensive biennial survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies, conducted with assistance from the RAND Corporation.
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Leading the Leaders: What It Takes to Build an Overarching Leadership Council Webinar Recording

In this webinar, participants heard from a community and state that recently established a council and explored best practices in forming and sustaining a leadership council using a hands-on self-assessment tool.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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With various people and organizations playing unique roles in your community – focusing on particular issues, populations and geographic areas – someone needs to keep an eye on the big picture, connect the work of those groups and make sure there are no gaps. That’s why every successful Ready by 21 state or community has an overarching leadership council.