Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting

Big Picture Approach consolidates into one technical assistance center the Forum’s teaching, coaching, technical assistance, facilitation and actionable data services focused on mobilizing the work of community coalitions and partnerships.

About Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting

Big Picture Approach Training and Consulting engages national, state and local leaders mobilizing change throughout their spheres of influence.  We do this by teaching the tips and techniques to operationalize a Big Picture Approach – honing their ability to zoom out and see the big picture across all outcomes, all systems, all kinds of leaders, and then zoom in on the concrete pieces that they can change, integrating their work with others in order to maximize impact.

Our leaders are boundary spanning, innovative systems thinkers who use their full sphere of influence to change the odds for children & youth.  They include:

  • partnerships, coalitions, networks and the community catalysts, intermediaries & backbone support organizations that support them
  • governmental coordinating bodies
  • public systems, multi-service agencies and youth-serving organizations at the national and local level

Learn more about our Coaching & Consulting Services and our Learning Labs & Training Opportunities.

Get Strategic Support

  • BPA Consulting helps leadership groups build broader partnerships, set bigger goals, use data better and implement bolder strategies. Our team has decades of on-the-ground experience helping communities:

    - Assess local context and capacity in order to build on what exists. - Align structures, goals, data, resources and action plans in ways that literally get partners and initiatives “on the same page.” - Advance strong plans and anticipate what it will really take to implement and sustain the efforts over time. - The hallmark of all of this work is balancing research and evidence with local wisdom, and using practical techniques to engage young people, families, providers and community leaders in authentic ways.

Knowledge Center
Putting leadership in action


Design Principles for Community-Based Settings: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action
Science of Learning and Development in Practice
Putting the Science Into Practice: Community Programs Supporting Whole Child Development
Case Study
Prioritizing Partnerships and Embracing Change: The Growth and Development of the Denver Afterschool Alliance
Tool/Guide
Building Citywide Systems For Quality: A Guide and Case Studies For Afterschool Leaders

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important