Funding Prevention in Communities

Lessons From Evidence2Success

Posted February 24, 2021
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report aims to help community coalitions fund and sustain evidence-based prevention programs to achieve large-scale outcomes. It focuses on sites that have implemented the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success® framework and shares their successes, challenges and lessons from the field.

Readers will learn about a five-step strategic financing process that helps communities thoughtfully fund evidence-based programs and support infrastructure by leveraging existing resources and developing diverse and sustainable sources of support. The report also identifies six key infrastructure capacities to fund — 1) partnerships; 2) data and evaluation; 3) continuous quality improvement; 4) strategic finance planning and administration; 5) advocacy and communications; and 6) project management — and five funding strategies that have emerged as the most successful in terms of supporting the work in Evidence2Success communities.

The Evidence2Success framework helps communities and public systems work together to promote healthy child development. It equips participating sites with technical assistance and resources so that they can think strategically about how to fund evidence-based prevention programs and the infrastructure capacities they need long term.

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Key Takeaway

Infrastructure supports communities in working together — and working well together

When collaboratives are planning to implement an evidence-based prevention initiative, their expense list shouldn’t begin and end with programmatic costs. Supporting critical infrastructure — which plays a key role in launching, maintaining and evolving partnerships and services — is another cost that’s critical to a program’s long-term success.