New Tool: Self-Assessment of Place-Based Systems Change Efforts

Posted by Mathematica on April 13, 2021

Dismantling Disparities in Communities: Resources and Tools to Advance Systems Change

Regardless of focus—whether on cradle-to-career education, health, transportation, economic development, or other topics—successful cross-sector partnerships require strong guiding principles, system infrastructure, and organizational strategies and practices. But how can community partnerships best assess their strengths in these areas, and how can they identify where to go deeper to effect place-based systems change?

With this tool, Mathematica and Equal Measure provide a framework to help community partnerships assess their readiness for systems change, along with a series of practical worksheets.

The tool is for any cross-sector systems change practitioner, funder, or technical assistance provider interested in examining a partnership’s current strengths, areas for improvement, assets, and barriers. It can support decisions around upcoming investments, technical assistance needs, and site selection. It also codifies a cohesive framework for measuring place-based systems change efforts.

To learn more about the P-16 Community Investment initiative, and to access the resources and tools as they are published, please visit P-16 Tools and Resources. Mathematica and Equal Measure welcome the insights and perspectives of readers and hope to inspire a vibrant dialogue that will further strengthen investments in place-based systems change.

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