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Improving the Effectiveness of Place-Based Initiatives
A summary of the findings in a series of case studies of the Population Change Learning Community sites to deepen understanding of collective capacities for place-based support organizations.
Getting to Scale: The Elusive Goal
This paper highlights the Magnolia Place Community Initiative and how it uses the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework to galvanize community residents, organizational partners and existing initiatives to create a local response to improve a community.
The Magnolia Community Initiative: The Importance of Measurement in Improving Community Well-Being
This case study of the Magnolia Community Initiative describes how a measurement can help people understand the behavior of a system and take steps to improve its performance.
"Co-Creation": A series of case studies about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative
The following three case studies, written by Patricia Bowie, examine co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013.
A Neighborhood-Based Family Center Redesign Process: Taking a Systems Perspective
This article describes how the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, with a
subset of its grantees and their program recipients, teamed with the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities to redesign its evaluation process. The foundation’s shift from traditional program evaluation to a more participatory, learning-focused approach resulted in new tools to assess variables that had been previously unexamined but were critical to program success.
Driving Towards Large-Scale Change in the District of Columbia
In Washington, DC, the lack of progress in addressing entrenched social inequity and child vulnerability has put a spotlight on the challenge of introducing systems change that reaches a citywide scale. This report follows the story of the Division of Early Learning’s role in building a cohesive approach among other public-sector agencies, community organizations, early childhood advocates and other stakeholders working towards more effectively addressing the District of Columbia’s racial and social inequities and improving outcomes for all children.
Building Relationships to Create Change: The SELA Collaborative Story
The following case study offers a deeper look into the most salient aspects of how one group, the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, has organized to work collectively and sustain their efforts while continuously learning, adapting, and making progress towards achievement of their goals.