America Forward is committed to advocating for funding for federal programs that spur innovation, reward results, and catalyze cross-sector partnerships to propel America forward. Our America Forward Coalition organizations work in communities across the country and believe that non-defense discretionary funding is essential to economic recovery and growth, adequate public health response, resources for our nation’s schools and colleges, needed programming to help skill-up our workforce, activities for addressing our eroding infrastructure, and for ensuring our national security. These programs have already been cut in past budget years, and despite assertions about the lack of evidence to support their impact, there are many positive examples of the outcomes achieved from investments in these critical programs.
We strongly support a refocusing of government funding to what works.
To do this, however, we need to support funding for innovation and evaluation, the use of tiered-evidence approaches to target federal funding to programs that have greater evidence of effectiveness, and the inclusion of performance-based funding provisions to build the evidence base to ensure we know what is working and what doesn’t before making drastic cuts to important programs that directly impact millions of children, youth and adults across this country.
America Forward is actively working to advocate for the continued federal funding of effective social innovation programs leveraged by the America Forward Coalition, that are providing solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems.
Participate In and Help Amplify Our #EvidenceinAction Communications Series
Write a blog post or share a vignette that amplifies the important work you are doing for individuals and communities across the country and expresses the implications of federal funding on this work. Email us at America_Forward@newprofit.org to learn more and participate in the series. Click here to read all of the posts in our Evidence in Action blog series and follow @America_Forward on Twitter using #EvidenceinAction for the latest in the series and to amplify the messages in the series with your networks.
Contact Your Member of Congress
Contacting your Member of Congress is one of the most impactful ways to make your voice heard. Congressional offices track all calls, letters, and meeting requests from constituents so it is critical they hear from you about the impact of the decisions they are in the process of making regarding funding for federal programs.
America Forward has long believed that policy happens when preparation meets opportunity and that social impact happens when good policy meets effective implementation. This year, as in years past, we are focusing relentlessly on the enactment and implementation of the policies our Coalition members care about most and our strategy includes more defense than ever before, and calls upon an unprecedented level of commitment and resolve from all in our community.