Since 2012, the Evidence2Success® framework has helped community members and public systems in six localities — Providence, Rhode Island; Mobile and Selma, Alabama; Kearns Township in Salt Lake County, Utah; Liberty City in Miami, Florida; and South City in Memphis, Tennessee — improve the well-being of children and youth.
With tools and support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and its partners, these communities have used data to understand how young people are doing; selected proven programs to address challenges and improve outcomes; and developed financing and action plans to support those proven programs over the long term.
This tool kit provides resources to help any city or state interested in understanding and addressing the underlying causes of social problems and, ultimately, improving the well-being of children, young people and families.
The tool kit starts with two assessments that will help determine what tools leaders are ready to use — and that will provide resources to help leaders prepare. By completing these assessments and using the tools, leaders of community collaboratives can:
Tools related to building a collaborative do not require an assessment.
The Youth Experience Survey (YES) enables young people to identify their strengths and needs, and community and systems leaders to set priorities for improving outcomes for the children and youth they serve. (You can preview the Youth Experience Survey.)
Start with the Youth Experience Survey Readiness Assessment to see if the necessary ingredients for success with YES are in place and access survey tools:
Preview the Youth Experience Survey Readiness Assessment questions
Depending on your answers to questions, the Youth Experience Survey Readiness Assessment will provide access to some or all of the following tools:
Take the Youth Experience Survey Readiness Assessment
Fund-mapping and strategic financing tools will help your community or group identify and coordinate local, state and national funding sources to invest in programs that respond to outcomes that are important to you.
The Fund-Mapping Readiness Assessment will help you decide if your community is ready in the following areas:
Preview the Fund-Mapping Readiness Assessment questions
Depending on your answers to questions, the Fund-Mapping Readiness Assessment will provide access to some or all the following tools:
Take the Fund-Mapping Readiness Assessment
These resources facilitate better engagement among community members, public systems and young people. No assessment is required to use tools for building a collaborative.
A Road Map to Quality Collective Impact Programming with Fiscal Independence”
“Community Takes the Wheel” From the Stanford Social Innovation Review
“Community Matters Now More Than Ever” From the Stanford Social Innovation Review
Community Engagement to Improve Youth Well-Being
The Meeting Checkup
Survey Language for Meeting Checkup