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Transforming Government, Transforming Communities

Through a series of signature “place-based initiatives,” the Obama Administration has made a historic effort to support communities in a comprehensive fashion, helping to empower communities to address their needs holistically. Place-based initiatives concentrate funding, flexibility, technical assistance and other support to help selected sites forge integrated approaches to community transformation that cut across individual programs, departments and sectors.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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How can government change the way it does business to better serve communities?

Collective Impact for Policymakers: Working Together for Children and Youth

Government policies must change in order to help partnerships improve the lives of young people through the power of collective impact.

That’s the message of a new report that examines how federal, state and local policies impede collaboration in the child and youth field – and how they can enhance collaboration instead.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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A new report by the Forum for Youth Investment.

Partnerships: Shifting the Dynamics Between Research and Practice

In this two-pager, Grant Foundation Vice President Vivian Tseng explains how these partnerships "can sharpen the field's understanding of how to build stronger connections between research and practice."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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The W.T. Grant Foundation is finding out, through a learning community to strengthen research-practice partnerships in education, launched in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment.

Partnerships for Learning: Community Support for Youth Success

The Harvard Family Research Project provides some answers in this report. It draws on the experiences of national organizations and selected community schools that have built these learning partnerships, and examines seven essential elements for success.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
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What makes for a successful partnership between schools, families and communities?

A Count for Quality: Child Care Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems

For this report, the National Women's Law Center and the Center for Law and Social Policy interviewed 48 child care center directors from nine states about their experiences with QRIS, getting perspectives on what works and what can be improved.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Anyone who runs a child care program is more and more likely to be subject to a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which more and more states are using to assess and improve the quality of child care programs. How do those systems work?

Gap. Inc.: This Way Ahead

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Corporate Voices for Working Families has published a set of case studies that shows how career training for low-income young adults can pay off for businesses. One example: Gap Inc.'s This Way Ahead initiative, which provides low-income young people with opportunities for skill development and career exploration. Read the two-page case study. Corporate Voices is a Ready by 21 National Partner.

Making the Connections: A Report on the First National Survey of Out of School Time Intermediaries

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Based on the first national survey of after-school "intermediary" organizations, this report describes the after-school coordinating groups, the forms they take and their big concerns. Top of the list? Increasing access for disadvantaged youngsters to affordable, high-quality programs.

Community Collaboratives: 12 Profiles of Community-Wide Change

Monday, August 6, 2012
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Through their work with the White House Council for Community Solutions, The Bridgespan Group had the opportunity to learn from 12 community collaboratives engaged in collective impact across the country. These collaboratives have already achieved needle-moving change (at least 10 percent progress on a community-wide metric) and are making further strides in solving critical social issues. Below are profiles of each that share the collaboratives' paths to getting results.

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.