The purpose of Evidence2Success is to demonstrate that cities can improve young people’s well-being at the community level by engaging public systems, schools, and communities in selecting and implementing proven programs and services that can be supported with public funding. Objectives that support this goal are to:
- Create strong partnerships among public systems, schools, communities, and families
- Use the best available data on children’s strengths and needs to choose proven programs that have been shown to produce better child well-being outcomes
- Invest in a portfolio of proven programs that reaches every eligible child
- Redirect a percentage spending to prevention and early intervention over time
- Build capacity to implement proven programs according to guidelines
Evidence2Success supports partnerships in integrating four core strategies into their efforts to achieve those objectives.
Work together. The city establishes and strengthens partnerships that work together toward common goals for improving children’s health and development.
- A citywide partnership made up of public system, school system, and community leaders and residents provides oversight and leads the development of a strategic financing plan.
- Community partnerships are responsible for leading the work in each participating community and are comprised of residents and parents, other community leaders, and the public systems and school staff who work in those communities.
- Coaches provided through the Casey Foundation provide guidance on strategy and facilitate collaboration among the partnerships.
Proven means possible. The partnerships use the best information to choose programs that are proven to work.
- Surveys help partnerships benchmark and track trends in child well-being, the underlying causes that affect children’s health and development, and the availability of resources and community supports.
- The citywide and community partnerships use the Blueprints for Youth Development database to select proven programs with the greatest potential to meet children’s strengths and needs.
Create lasting change. Partners build their capacity to engage in shared decision-making and accountability and transition to new ways of working that better serve children and sustain progress.
- Partners and service providers receive technical assistance to develop the knowledge and skills to deliver proven prevention, early intervention, and targeted treatment programs.
- Coaching and technical assistance emphasize that following program guidelines helps to ensure the best results for children and youth.
Invest smarter for greater returns. The citywide partnership develops a strategic financing plan that shifts a percentage of investments to proven and cost-effective prevention and early intervention programs.
- The citywide partnership analyzes which program investments will achieve the greatest return, and develops short- and long-term plans for financing and sustaining proven programs.
- The citywide partnership explores opportunities to reinvest savings in proven programs that reach every eligible child.
- Through coaching and technical assistance, finance and administration professionals will learn to integrate multiple funding streams into a coordinated approach to financing.