Capacity Building Structures
NLC and Stewards of Change have released an interactive toolkit, Sharing Data for Better Results: A Guide to Building Integrated Data Systems Compatible with Federal Privacy Laws, to help elected officials, agency leaders and city staff use data to improve services.
Historically, social and human services in San Francisco lacked coordination at the level of strategy, case coordination or both. With strong leadership from the mayor and leaders of city and county agencies, San Francisco embarked on a major data-sharing initiative. The city's public health, juvenile probation and child welfare agencies forged an MOU that allowed for the pooling of information into a secure database.
Developed by NLC's Council on Youth, Education and Families and leading mayoral champions, the City Platform for Children and Families provides municipal leaders with a framework for taking action on behalf of the children, youth and families in their cities and towns.
A major report developed by the YEF Institute offers city leaders a detailed guide for building management information systems in order to coordinate local afterschool programs more effectively.
The YEF Institute and the Foundation Strategy Group sponsored a 90 minute webinar on "Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth through Collective Impact."
Published with support from The Wallace Foundation, this strategy guide developed by the YEF Institute and the Harvard Family Research Project highlights six strategies for collecting and using data to assess and improve local afterschool programs.
Cities are increasingly developing the “infrastructure” needed to make lasting improvements in child and family well-being. Key strategies for building this capacity include establishing broader, more effective partnerships, creating goal-oriented action plans, pursuing creative funding strategies and collecting and using better data.