Advocates, governors, and legislators now have a new resource to strengthen their state-level policy coordination for children and youth. The Ready by 21 State Policy Survey Report is the nation’s only survey of state child and youth coordinating bodies.
More and More state leaders are calling for the creation of permanent cross-agency coordinating bodies to make services for children and youth more effective. This biennial survey was conducted first in 2011 and again in 2013, in hopes that the decisions, lessons and experiences it documents can serve as tools for coordinating bodies at all stages of development. This survey assesses existing coordinating bodies in the areas of partnerships, goals, data, challenges, and accomplishments.
The result is a powerful tool that captures the best practices to strengthen the effectiveness and function of new and existing coordinating bodies.
The report was created by the Forum for Youth Investment and their Children’s Cabinet Network, which is the only national network of state policy coordinating bodies for children and youth. Members of the network share best practices and learn more about tools that focus on bringing efficiency and effectiveness to state efforts that improve outcomes for young people. Find a great directory of the state coordinating bodies that participated in the survey, along with other great information and statistics, in the full report.