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.
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."
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.
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.
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.