This report describes how peer technical assistance – which allows participating communities to share knowledge, and leverage practical experience and innovations from other places – can help strengthen families. As part of the Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative, a peer match between colleagues in Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky helped establish an integrated services model in Indiana. Lessons learned from the information exchange to improve outcomes for children and families are summarized here. 

December 5, 2003

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The rationale behind peer matches.

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    How peer matches are structured.

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    Conditions for successful peer matches.

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    The three types of partners needed to help strengthen communities.

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    In developing an integrated services model, the importance of measuring success and communicating results.

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    A summary of the Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative which spans a network of 22 U.S. cities.

Key Takeaway

Families over programs

While peer matches are time-intensive, knowledge transfers among colleagues can refocus their attention on the children and families being served, and point the way toward integrating programs and services that strengthen neighborhoods. 

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