CSSP’s International Learning agenda builds knowledge, skills and capacities aligned with the organization’s mission from partners around the world. Over the years, this work has created opportunities to build relationships with international organizations and, share ideas and successful strategies for improving results for children, families and communities.
Most of the international is carried out through study tours and learning exchanges between CSSP staff and a network of partners and international policymakers, practitioners, service providers, private community-based organizations and national governments.
Council of Europe and the European Commission
The organization is currently working with the directorate of culture and national heritage within the Division of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport for the Council of Europe and the European Commission’s on the Intercultural Cities Initiative.
The Intercultural Cities Initiative explores an intercultural approach to integration in communities with diverse populations. This work is designed to help European cities embrace the growing diversity within their communities and to develop models that promote and support intercultural integration within diverse urban communities by promoting diversity as an advantage.
International Initiative for Children, Youth and Families
CSSP is also a board member of the International Initiative for Children, Youth and Families, which was created in by the Dutch government to promote innovative child and family practice models and systems improvement strategies. This work led to a number of countries including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Chile, Israel and Norway.
Benefits of International Learning
Over the past decade, CSSP has learned much about working effectively with international learning partners. This work has built CSSP’s capacity to work in different countries and cultures and has expanded understanding and application of European, North American and South American countries and their approaches to addressing the needs of children, families and communities. Through its international work, CSSP has built long-lasting relationships with a network of like-minded international partners, including:
- Ordina, Inc., a public management group in the Netherlands
- Canadian Council of Social Development, which partnered with CSSP with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to create a Canadian Kids Count
- Red por los Derechos de la Infancia en Mexico which partnered with CSSP with funding from the Annie E Casey Foundation to create a Mexican Kids Count
- Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, which developed Child Gauge also based on the Kids Count concept
This handbook describes how the method of Community-Based Results Accountability (CBRA) has been applied by some Intercultural Cities to improve quality of life conditions in communities with significant immigrants and newcomers going step by step through a process that includes a diverse array of citizens and local partners. The handbook takes as examples the CBRA work in Tilburg (the Netherlands), Melitopol (Ukraine) and Lisbon (Portugal) and Izhevsk (Russia).