Emerging State Structures: Organizations the Promote Collaboration

This excerpt from a National Conference of State Legislatures publication examines state organizations that are intended to promote collaboration. It reviews the purpose of promoting collaboration, elements of success, and key partners required to ensure effective collaboration within a State.

Generating and Sustaining Commitment in Community Collaboration

The author of this short document argues that three elements of collaboration are crucial to understanding its nature and measuring its effect on program outcomes.

Multi-Attribute Consensus Building Tool

This tool is used for building consensus through participatory decisionmaking. Its quantitative process enables large and small groups to discuss and weigh items and either reach consensus or identify the sources of differences of opinions. This tool could be useful in building state capacity and identifying priorities.

Why Collaborations?

This PowerPoint explains how state-level collaboration leads to systems transformation. It provides an explanation of how collaborations can work to influence state and local systems, improve state and local programs, and ultimately increase the scope, scale and sustainability of outcomes.

Early Childhood Systems Working Group Homepage

This Web page provides information about the Early Childhood Systems Working Group “ovals” framework. This framework depicts the intersection of critical early childhood system components, encircled by core elements that support a comprehensive early childhood system. The goal of the framework is to help States develop and implement an integrated system of policies, services, and programs that help leaders and stakeholders work more effectively together toward common goals for children.

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-Age Programs

This strategy brief provides information and considerations for Child Care and Development Fund administrators and other policymakers working to improve access to high-quality care that meets the needs of school-age children. It provides a framework that illustrates ways the Child Care and Development Fund and other resources can be used to build a strongly aligned system of quality improvement for children from birth through age 12 and older. The brief also details the results of interviews with State child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.