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.