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Pathways to Outcomes

Between 2002 and 2008, three “pathways” were compiled by the Pathways Mapping Initiative to address the outcomes of: children ready for school and succeeding at third grade; successful transition to young adulthood and prevention of child abuse and neglect. 

They represent a uniquely broad, deep and coherent outcome-oriented collection of findings about what it takes to improve the lives of children and families living in America's tough neighborhoods. (The pathways are currently not available in interactive form and only partially up to date.)

Pathways to Outcomes: School Readiness and Third Grade Success Pathway

Pathways to Outcomes: Youth Pathway

Pathways to Outcomes: Prevention of Child Abuse

The school readiness and third grade success pathway is currently being revised and updated under the leadership of Lisbeth B. Schorr and Vicky Marchand, the original Pathways team, with funding and web design assistance from The Omidyar Group.  Stay tuned for further developments of the Pathways Atlas 2.0.


Additional background on the use of evidence in working toward outcomes can be found here:  

"Keynote Address, NeighborWorks Symposium, December 12, 2012" 
An exploration of why we need a broader definition of evidence in designing, understanding and evaluating efforts to solve the pressing problems facing children, families and communities in our country today.

"Broader Evidence for Bigger Impact," Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2012  
A call for the reconciliation of competing approaches to the kinds of evidence that funders, policy makers and program designers should consider credible to enable practitioners to achieve the breakthrough impacts. 

Lisbeth B. Schorr and Frank Farrow, "Expanding the Evidence Universe:  Doing Better By Knowing More," December 2011
The paper explores how we might make use of all the evidence we now have from multiple sources, including research, theory, practice, as well as the findings from program evaluations, and how we might aggressively gather new evidence about the nuanced and powerful strategies for change that are currently emerging.

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