The Casey Foundation is seeking proposals from communities interested in implementing Evidence2Success, a framework that brings public system and resident leaders together to improve child well-being. The Foundation will select up to three new sites to join Providence, Rhode IslandMobile and Selma, Alabama, and Kearns Township in Salt Lake County, Utah, which are already carrying out the framework.

Among other eligibility requirements, communities must have a population of at least 100,000 and secure commitments to participate from a wide group of local stakeholders, including residents, elected officials and the school superintendent.

Evidence2Success combines public health and prevention science to offer a new way of helping children and youth meet critical behavioral, educational, emotional and physical milestones. The framework is composed of five core elements:

  • Partnerships among public systems, elected officials and communities
  • Strategic use of local data to identify needs and develop a consensus among partners on outcomes
  • Financing strategies to map current investments, shift funding to cost-effective prevention programs and secure sustainable funding
  • Capacity building to implement evidence-based programs
  • Measurement of population-level changes

The Casey Foundation is hoping to build on lessons from the existing partnerships and expand the reach of Evidence2Success into other communities throughout the South and Southwest, where child outcomes are the worst. These regions are home to 40% of the nation’s children and nearly 45% of U.S. children of color — and areas where kids continually are behind their peers in meeting key milestones on their path to adulthood.

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