Evidence2Success Profiled in Stanford Social Innovation Review Article on Community Engagement

Posted February 19, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog evidence2successprofiled 2016

A new arti­cle in the Stan­ford Social Inno­va­tion Review makes the case that com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of effec­tive data-dri­ven, evi­dence-based social change, and pro­files the Foundation’s Evidence2Success frame­work as an exam­ple of how these strate­gies can come togeth­er. Evidence2Success helps pub­lic sys­tem lead­ers and com­mu­ni­ty res­i­dents work togeth­er to gath­er local data on the needs and strengths of youth, use the data to agree on youth well-being out­comes for improve­ment and realign pub­lic fund­ing to address those needs with proven pre­ven­tion programs.

The arti­cle, by Melody Barnes and Paul Schmitz, describes how the Evidence2Success effort unfold­ed in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island — the first Evidence2Success com­mu­ni­ty. After gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion on strengths and needs from thou­sands of young peo­ple using the Youth Expe­ri­ence Sur­vey, com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers and res­i­dents came togeth­er to review the data and choose pri­or­i­ty out­comes to address with evi­dence-based pro­grams. The arti­cle also high­lights Life­course Ini­tia­tive for Healthy Fam­i­lies (LIHF), a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to reduce the infant mor­tal­i­ty rate in Milwaukee.

Data-dri­ven prac­tices and pro­grams hold great promise as a means for mak­ing progress against seem­ing­ly intractable social prob­lems,” the authors write. But ulti­mate­ly they will work only when com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers are able to engage in them as lead­ers and part­ners… As pol­i­cy­mak­ers, elect­ed offi­cials, phil­an­thropists and non­prof­it lead­ers shift resources to data-dri­ven pro­grams, they must ensure that com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment becomes a crit­i­cal ele­ment in that shift.”

Read the Stan­ford Social Inno­va­tion Review article

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