Since 2001, a dozen communities have used the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Leadership in Action Program (LAP) to develop results-based strategies for improving school readiness, economic well-being of families and strengthening vulnerable neighborhoods. In 2008, Marion County, Indiana became the first community to deploy LAP in order to address the growing problem of reentry into the prison system by ex-offenders. This report provides an overview of the LAP approach and how it has worked to foster teamwork, partnership and achieve tangible results in Marion County.

January 1, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Marion County stakeholders moved from talk to action.

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    The core strategies developed to successfully re-integrate ex-offenders.

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    How data were used to pinpoint strategies for success.

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    How collaboration and new relationships helped address challenges.

Key Takeaway

Collaboration Among Leaders Yields Better Results

The Leadership in Action program provides a structured, supported process through which communities can work together to develop data-driven strategies to solve their most pressing issues. In Marion County, Indiana, leaders from such diverse groups as the Department of Corrections, elected officials, faith communities and educators came together through LAP to develop creative, innovative strategies for helping ex-offenders successfully reintegrate into the community upon their release from prison that yielded noticeable results within the first two years of implementation.

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