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How do you measure the impact of a person? By the number of people they inspire? The opportunities they create for youth through systems-level change? The paradigm shifts they lead -- like “problem free isn’t fully prepared” – to help communities get more young people ready for college, work and life?
Sara Matthew, policy associate for the Forum, was on hand at last week's announcement of My Brother's Keeper Alliance. She shares her thoughts about being one of the privileged few to be in the room during the announcement.
In this new episode of the Collective Impact Forum podcast series, Erin White (FSG) and Elizabeth Gaines (The Forum for Youth Investment) discuss their recent learning brief, How Public Policy Can Support Collective Impact.
As leaders in communities around the country implement collective impact initiatives, questions about how to align multiple initiatives are at the top of their list.
Forum CEO Karen Pittman was honored to deliver a keynote at the recent CISC Leadership Symposium. Her discussion focused on the Quest for Readiness and asked, "What if student success was measured not by course completion and graduation but by their ability to succeed in college, work and life?"
Here are some materials that were addressed during the talk.
Here are suggested materials and resources from the January 13, 2015 Panel Discussion on “Making Sense of Organizations and Resources”
Stephanie Krauss has seen up close the deep inequalities faced by many young people in under-resourced communities: through the experience of her brother, who attended one of the best public high schools in his state, versus the experience of students in the alternative high school that she ran, many of whom had attended "dropout factories." Krauss, senior fellow at the Forum for Yout
High-quality programming can improve academic performance, social skills and individual responsibility while decreasing risky behavior and misconduct. That requires qualified staff - but how does a program explain the impact of staff training to the public, funders and other stakeholders?
Does your program or partnership need a researcher - or an evaluator? If you're not sure, you're not alone: Many program and partnership leaders would be hard-pressed to explain the difference.
The Forum had produced a website hub for P3 resources and information to help sites not only submit strong proposals, but also build the capacity of the partnerships to break down barriers and align efforts across departments.
Direct service programs have profound impacts on the people they serve. But can they achieve a true “collective impact” at the community level?