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Ready News: June 2, 2016

Ready News
June 2, 2016
Collective (Seeing + Learning + Action) = Collective Impact; Reflections on the CI Movement Five Years In


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.
In This Issue: Policy | Collective Impact | Youth 
Collective (Seeing + Learning + Action) = Collective Impact; Reflections on the CI Movement Five Years In
Free Conference Call
The Collective Impact approach rocked the community change world in a way few other ideas have over the decades.  What have we learned?
Join Forum CEO and president Karen Pittman as she speaks with John Kania, managing director at FSG and one of the co-authors of the original 2011 article that inspired hundreds of communities and funders to take a hard look at their assumptions about what it takes to move the needle on complex problems at scale. Karen and John will discuss how the field has evolved and matured and explore issues - like community engagement - where the FSG architects have made midcourse corrections in response to feedback.  They will also discuss why FSG's 2.0 concept of emergence - which suggests that the aim is not to get new partners to support predetermined solutions, but to establish rules of interaction that allow new solutions to emerge - has proven so useful in the youth field.

Thursday, June 23
3:00-4:00 PM EDT
Space is limited. Register today.
New State Policy Report on Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies Released
The Forum for Youth Investment just released the 2015 Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S. Conducted previously in 2011 and 2013, this comprehensive survey identifies state child and youth coordinating bodies and summarizes 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. The report can be downloaded here

From Data to Evidence to Policy: Recommendations for the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

President Obama has signed a bipartisan bill creating a 15-member commission to determine how the federal government can share and link administrative data sets without risking personal information privacy. The commission will also consider how the federal government can use data to create the evidence required for smart policy decisions, as well as how to create the infrastructure to support the use of evidence in policymaking.

To guide this work, the Forum and the William T. Grant Foundation created a set of recommendations, with the hope of helping the Commission make the most of its historic opportunity. These suggestions are drawn from long experience of the Forum and William T. Grant Foundation as conveners of a learning group of senior career staff and appointees in research offices focused on children, youth, and families within the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, Justice, and Health and Human Services, as well as in the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Science Foundation. These agencies invest in research and evaluation to build policy-relevant evidence and will likely be charged with implementing many of the Commission's recommendations. 
Collective Impact Principles of Practice
What does it take for a collective impact initiative to succeed and reach population-level change? The field is familiar with the five conditions of collective impact, but what are the other necessary components needed for an initiative to reach its goal?

Informed by lessons shared among practitioners who are implementing collective impact in the field, the Collective Impact Forum, of which the Forum is a co-catalyst member, released the Collective Impact Principles of Practice, a new resource that can guide practitioners about how to successfully put collective impact into action.
Identifying Community Priorities for Child Well-Being
With all the milestones kids need to achieve to be successful, how can a community come together to focus on critical needs? This webinar explores how tools from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Evidence2Success framework provide comprehensive data and an intentional process for communities to establish priorities for improving child well-being. Thaddeus Ferber, vice president for policy advocacy at the Forum, will moderate the session. 
Thursday, July 21
1:00-2:00 PM EDT
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, The Cady-Lee House, 7064 Eastern Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20012
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