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. 

December 5, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How incongruent goals, funding and politics undermine efforts.

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    How a common purpose can bring different people together.

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    How to evaluate community progress toward desired outcomes.

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    How technology can help circumvent bureaucracy.

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    How to establish win-win partnerships between businesses and human services.

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    How to change organizational cultures to support broad-based responsibility for community well-being.

Key Takeaway

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.

Anywhere Leads to Everywhere

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations