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Change Horsepower Diagnostic

The Forum for Youth Investment
October 31, 2011
This worksheet will help you think through your community's efforts using the Ready by 21 Building Blocks of Effective Change. This will give you a sense of where you are doing well and where you can build your capacity to achieve collective impact.

This worksheet introduces you to the standards we believe every community and state should hold themselves to if they are serious about getting the highest return on their investments. Rate how important you feel each of the items are and how well you think you are currently doing in each. 

Toolkits are available for each standard.  We recommend you focus your attention on those standards that you consider very important.

To access the toolkits for each Building Block, click on the links below:

Broader Partnerships
Effective partnerships are built on clear agreements about the scope of work to be done, the capacity needed to do the work and the mandate or authority in place to ensure that the work is done thoroughly and well.

Bigger Goals
Communities and states should establish a balanced set of goals and indicators for all children, youth and young adults, and define the essential supports that families, schools and the full community must provide across all the systems and settings where young people spend their time.

Better Data
Communities and states should collect complete data about youth outcomes, community supports and leadership actions to inform their collective efforts and demonstrate the link to improved outcomes.   

Bolder Actions
Focusing on stronger partnerships, clearer goals and more useful data is only beneficial if it leads to more effective action.


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