Center for the Study of Social Policy - 40 Years of Innovation
Ideas Into Action

Lessons Learned

CSSP’s work with communities through the Making Connections initiative produced many “Lessons Learned” that can be applied to place-based investment strategies.

To inform the next generation of federal, state, local and philanthropic investments, CSSP is developing a series of “Lessons Learned” products and tools. The papers focus on the following themes:

  • The rigorous pursuit of clearly defined results at the neighborhood level
  • Building community capacity is essential to achieving and sustaining better results for children and families.
  • Sustaining community change requires the commitment of local organizations to steward an ongoing focus on results and building the capacity to achieve and sustain them.
  • One of the most powerful tools to help communities develop and sustain community change efforts is results-oriented, demand-driven technical assistance
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