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Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America's Biggest Challenges
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Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America's Biggest Challenges

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WIlda Seldon, Michele Jolin & Paul Schmitz
February 6, 2012
 
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.

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.