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Ready News: November 20, 2014

Ready News
November 20, 2014

How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact


News & resources from the Forum and the field about collaborative work to get young people ready by 21.

How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact

Take a look at any set of youth issues that people talk about in the news: mental health, violence, homelessness. Each of those issues is not squarely in the hands of any one federal, state or local agency to tackle. But because our government agencies aren't set up to work together very well, they don't typically tackle these issues very well.

If government is going to more effectively take on such complex social problems, somebody has to connect the dots among these different agencies. In her new blog post, Elizabeth Gaines, vice president for policy solutions at the Forum for Youth Investment, lays out the case for local, state and federal agencies to embrace a collective impact approach, and summarizes a new report that shows how some government agencies are making that happen.

New One-Stop Site for Research-to-Practice Partnerships

A new microsite called Research-Practice Partnerships aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for building and maintaining successful collaborations between researchers and practitioners in education.

The site covers topics ranging from structuring a partnership to funding and staffing, and provides resources, work samples and tips to build and strengthen partnerships. The Forum for Youth Investment is proud to have collaborated with the William T. Grant Foundation to create the site.

Out-of-School Time afterschool

Better Together Resource Directory

The American Youth Policy Forum has created a helpful tool for building afterschool systems. Better Together: A Resource Directory for Afterschool System Builders, is a comprehensive directory that identifies more than 50 organizations that offer resources and tools on afterschool system-building (including the Forum for Youth Investment and its Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality). The directory provides information on the leading afterschool tools and resources in the field.

Ready by 21 National Meeting NatMtg

Registration and RFP Open for 2015 National Meeting

Have you heard the news? We're heading to New Orleans for our fourth annual Ready by 21 National Meeting! Join hundreds of other leaders on March 31 - April 2 to share research, strategies and stories about efforts to improve the lives of kids in communities and states across the nation.

View our recently released Meeting At-a-Glance and register today for early bird savings.

Additionally, we encourage both past and active clients/partners of the Forum for Youth Investment and its divisions to apply to present a workshop. Find out more. (Deadline is Dec. 5.)

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