Evidence2Success: Using Programs That Work

Posted by Annie E. Casey Foundation on March 20, 2017

Evidence2Success: Using Programs That Work

Evidence2Success promotes healthy child development by supporting public investment in programs proven to help young people. Evidence2Success was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization
dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families, and several partner organizations.

When allocating scarce resources to improve outcomes for children and families, states and localities too often end up funding programs that lack both evidence of effectiveness and input from the people they are designed to help. Public systems today rarely use, much less take to scale, the growing number of programs and practices that have been rigorously evaluated and shown to be effective. Because service decisions based on data and evidence lead to smarter investments on behalf of children, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is committed to increasing both the supply and the use of evidence-based programs. Working with several partners, the Foundation has developed Evidence2Success, which combines multiple proven strategies into a unified prevention framework.

The Evidence2Success framework has 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, to shift funding to cost-effective prevention programs and to secure sustainable funding
• Capacity building to implement evidence-based programs
• Measurement of population-level changes


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