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Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series Overview

Issue Brief
October 22, 2010
The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide helps policymakers ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts to create a seamless system of supports. The guide can be used to inform any policy that creates a funding stream related to children and youth, no matter what specific topic it addresses (e.g., education or youth employment or juvenile justice) and no matter what form it takes (e.g., a legislative statute, an executive order, or an agency or foundation Request for Proposals).

The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide consists of two parts:

The Overview and Rationale makes the case for policy alignment and provides an overview of strategies to ensure that policies aligns with existing efforts to: collaborate; establish big-picture goals and long-term plans; administer grants; engage young people in decision-making; improve quality and accountability; collect and use data to drive decision-making; and provide a flexible set of child and youth services.

The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Toolkit (forthcoming) provides concrete examples of specific policy language that can be used when drafting or amending legislation.