As Making Connections--the Casey Foundation’s decade-long initiative to improve outcomes for children and families living in destitute neighborhoods--matured, focus on sustaining the work long-term accelerated. In this reflection, Smith lays out the core principles of and success factors for shifting day-to-day management of the initiative from Casey to local partners.  

March 17, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Casey envisioned transitioning management of Making Connections from the Foundation to local partners.

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    What core principles guided Casey’s thinking about sustaining community change initiatives long-term.

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    The factors most important to sustaining community change efforts long-term.

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    Why “authentic demand” among those who live, work, and worship in the initiative neighborhood for improved outcomes matters to sustaining improved outcomes for children and families.

Key Takeaway

Building local capacity is key to short- and long-term success

Lessons from Casey’s work and that of other national and local investors in long-term initiatives underscored the importance of making sure these efforts help build the local capacity, energy and will needed to scale up better outcomes for kids and families and influences changes in policy and practice needed to achieve those results at greater scale. 

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