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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How incongruent goals, funding and politics undermine efforts.
How a common purpose can bring different people together.
How to evaluate community progress toward desired outcomes.
How technology can help circumvent bureaucracy.
How to establish win-win partnerships between businesses and human services.
How to change organizational cultures to support broad-based responsibility for community well-being.
This report outlines how to use research outcomes and indicators to improve the well-being of children, families and communities. Specifically, the report presents numerous examples and practical lessons from Vermont to illustrate how an outcomes-based approach can achieve progress over time. The approach covers effective communication, community collaboration, dedicated leadership and targeted data.
Table of Contents
Common Purpose, Common Sense
What unifies any project is a common purpose to work on behalf of others. This common purpose provides the logic and rationale to support stable families, healthy children, responsible adults and strong communities. These issue areas are interdependent, so when one is addressed, the others are also eventually addressed.
Findings & Stats
Businesses and human services can work together to improve profitability
All Together Now
The interdependence of family and community relationships are key to achieving well-being outcomes.
Strong leadership is critical to an outcomes-based approach toward community well-being.
Outcomes should be measured by a set of indicators that reflect shared responsibility for progress over time.
Statements & Quotations
Outcomes are most powerful when they mirror important developmental stages in our lives.
While government has a historic and important role in assisting people, we are now realizing the extent to which people can contribute to their own well-being.
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