Savvy leaders know that changing the odds for youth requires changes in the ways they do business.

This is especially true as expectations rise for leaders to engage youth, families, and community leaders, develop evidence-based improvement strategies, and demonstrate equitable impacts.

The Forum helps leaders think differently about what it takes to manage and sustain change, connecting them with the specific ideas, services, and networks they need, whether they are in the process of planning and partnering for impact, improving and aligning policies, or strengthening practices and programs.

Improving & Aligning Policies

We help policymakers, advocates, and rising leaders increase their capacity by aligning with other advocates, departments, sectors, and levels of government to use data and evidence to support the whole child.

Planning & Partnering for Impact

We support boundary-spanning leaders charged with creating or implementing plans that require a focus on the bigger picture. We help leaders connect the dots across complex and sometimes competing goals, services, plans, and partners.

Strengthening Practices & Programs

We empower youth development, education, and human service system leaders to adopt, implement, and scale management and staff policies and practices that ensure young people have access to high quality, coordinated supports they need to succeed.

Technical Assistance & Action Centers
Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting

Big Picture Approach Consulting combines the Forum’s coaching, technical assistance, & data services for coalitions and partnerships.

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The Weikart Center

The Weikart Center empowers leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research-validated quality improvement systems.

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SparkAction is a collaborative online journalism and advocacy platform to mobilize action for and by young people.

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Networks & Initiatives
Children’s Cabinet Networks

The Children’s Cabinet Networks bring together federal, state, and local leaders to assess and align government policies.

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Evidence-Based Policy

The Evidence-Based Policy initiative informs policymakers of ways to use evidence for program improvement through publications and events.

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Opportunity Index

The Forum's Opportunity Index offers local data to make the case for expanding economic mobility and closing the opportunity gap.

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Changing the odds for young people has never been more important