Introducing the Evidence2Success Tool Kit
Gathering Data and Aligning Funding for Young People
During the past decade, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success® framework has helped community members and public systems in six localities improve the well-being of children and youth. These six sites are: Providence, Rhode Island; Mobile and Selma, Alabama; Kearns Township in Salt Lake County, Utah; Liberty City in Miami, Florida; and South City in Memphis, Tennessee.
This work has informed the Foundation’s Evidence2Success Tool Kit aimed at aiding communities of every size — from small rural school districts to large metropolitan areas — gather data and align funding to improve outcomes for young people and families.
The tool kit utilizes community-tested tools, strategies and technical assistance to help educators, policymakers and organizations better understand and address social and emotional issues — such as substance use and abuse, bullying and more — that impacts children and their families.
“The Evidence2Success Tool Kit connects individuals and organizations who support young people with free access to a set of incredibly valuable resources,” says Pamela Lawrence, the Foundation’s director of National Community Strategies. “Using these tools, our partners can collect essential data about young people and their needs and identify critical funding opportunities to support the selection of evidence-based programs.”
The Evidence2Success Framework
Since 2017, Evidence2Success communities have leveraged $15 million across public systems including child welfare, juvenile justice, schools and public health systems. With tools and support from the Casey Foundation and its partners, these communities have:
- built effective collaboratives;
- used data to understand how young people are doing;
- selected proven programs to address challenges and improve outcomes; and
- developed financing and action plans to support these programs over the long term.
What’s Inside the Evidence2Success Tool Kit
The tool kit is designed for groups of advocates; city and state agency leaders; community- and faith-based organizations; data users; elected officials; school leaders and others who want to improve outcomes for young people in their communities.
It starts with two assessments to help identify the tools that leaders are ready to use and the free resources that can help them prepare.
Some resources available via the tool kit include:
- The Youth Experience Survey, which paints a community-level picture of youth well-being, needs and strengths and helps to identify the key contributing factors for these issues. Additionally, the survey builds local consensus about priorities — such as supporting mental health — and matches these priorities with proven prevention and early intervention programs, which can be included in applications for state and federal grant programs. When re-administered, the survey results can help reveal significant changes and trends.
- Fund mapping and strategic financing tools that help communities identify local, state and national funding sources and invest in programs based on their unique needs and priorities.
- The Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development registry, which helps partners match programs to young people’s strengths and needs.
For additional information, contact Mildred Johnson.