Moving America Forward: New Year. New Administration. New Opportunity.
America Forward and our Coalition organizations know what works, and the next Administration has the opportunity to leverage the impact and power of these effective community-based organizations and unleash the power of entrepreneurship in the United States by creating a new policy environment that fosters innovation, rewards what works by measuring critical outcomes, and incentivizes private sector investments and public-private partnerships that support innovative, outcomes-driven community solutions. We offer the following actionable policy ideas to make this vision a reality.
White House Office of Local Solutions and Entrepreneurship
Unleashing the Power of Social Entrepreneurs
The Trump Administration should establish a White House Office of Local Solutions and Entrepreneurship that has the primary mission of examining existing programs to open federal funding streams to proven community-based organizations, expanding the capacity of effective social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations at the local level, leveraging research and development, and fueling private sector investment in innovative, outcomes-driven programs.
White House Conference on Overcoming Barriers: Education and the American Dream
Understanding and Supporting All Learners
President-elect Trump should convene a White House Conference on Overcoming Barriers: Education and the American Dream. By partnering with parents, educators, students, and advocates, this conference is an opportunity to discuss research-based approaches to addressing learning and attention issues, the impact of trauma, and how to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and place them on a ladder of success.
Outcomes-driven Credentialing and Certifications Programs
From Military Service to Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom — Validating and Credentialing Job Ready Skill
President-elect Trump should support student-centered efforts to connect skills and experiences with job placement through the development and implementation of new outcomes-driven forms of credentialing and certification.
In addition, as part of this effort, post-secondary providers and employers should work together to create and support innovative credentialing and certification programs that reward the development of in-demand skills that apply directly to areas of need in the economy, no matter where the learning and skills development takes place.
Create Greater Opportunities for More Americans to Serve and Increase Savings for Taxpayers
National service programs advance key federal policy area and agency goals at a low cost, and provide a strategic pathway for young adults as they transition from school to career. In order to fully leverage the cost-savings and workforce development opportunities facilitated by national service programs, President-elect Trump should increase the number of available full-time national service positions.
Stimulate Private Sector Investment in Community Solutions
In order to scale high-quality community-based organizations and leverage the power of innovative social entrepreneurial organizations, President-elect Trump should support a new Community Solutions Tax Credit. A Community Solutions Tax Credit will incentivize investments from private sector funders across the country that have developed highly sophisticated systems for identifying promising solutions to community problems and for funding their expansions.
Scaling Outcomes-Driven College Access and Success Programs through Competitive Federal Grants
President-elect Trump’s Administration should consolidate funds from existing programs to create an Accelerating College Access and Success Fund that award grants on a competitive basis to develop and scale innovations and organizations that increase college access, persistence, and completion, address the needs of today’s students, and provide clear pathways from college to career.
Incorporating a Pay for Results Approach into Federal Decision-Making
Current government decision-making about policy and funding allocations is too often focused on inputs and outputs rather than on results. President-elect Trump should support a Pay for Results Agenda that encompasses a broad effort to make government policy and funding decisions more effective and efficient in order to measurably improve the lives of all Americans.