The news was good in Hennepin County, Minn.: Teen pregnancies were down, thanks in part to a county initiative aimed at helping youth delay parenthood. But progress was threatened by the looming expiration of a federal grant that funded the lion's share of that work.
"We knew there were more resources to support healthy youth development and teen pregnancy prevention," says the manager of the initiative. "But we didn't know where all those resources were, or if they were being used for the greatest needs and in the most effective way."
Today, BTH is finding answers through a fiscal map: a data tool that tracks where public and private funding comes from and where it goes. The Forum for Youth Investment created the map, implemented a survey of local funding sources and analyzed the data. Read how it was done.