Forum for Youth Investment
Back to School, with Better Data
By Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
Imagine…your community having comprehensive data to show whether or not young people are on the path to success.
How can your community partnerships achieve real outcomes? What supports do partnerships need to achieve collective impact? What are the key steps in collaborative efforts to improve community conditions and outcomes?
Fragmented data systems result in wasted resources; we are letting young people fall through
the cracks. if we don’t provide our policy makers the information they need to see how fragmented programs and policies could fit together, and if we don’t provide our direct service providers the in-
The U.S. Department of Education just made it easier for agencies to share important data about young people - data that will help them improve services and supports. The Department's new guidance on FERPA makes significant strides in recognizing that a young person's development takes place both inside the classroom and out.
The Forum recently worked with communications consultants, SpitFire Strategies, who specialize in developing communications strategies for nonprofit organizations. The concepts that they shared with us are also highly relevant to the work of your Youth Council. The PowerPoint below provides insights for developing a coherent message for your Youth Council's councils targeted audience.
This month you'll find out about the Ready by 21 Policy Coalition's Capitol Hill briefing, Big Tent Conference, and Ready by 21 webinars. Also don't forget to read Karen's Youth Today column on the Gallup Student Poll, two "big idea" policy papers, and the first installment of the Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 Series.