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Practice to Policy: Doubling Down on Social Innovation

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why these
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Practice to Policy: The WIOA Pay For Performance Win And Its Impact On The Workforce System

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting their outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why
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Evidence in Action: A Twitter Conversation about #EvidenceinAction

Just over a week ago, America Forward hosted a Twitter chat. Under the hashtag #EvidenceinAction, over 50 individuals and organizations held a virtual conversation about the programs that best help communities tackle our most seemingly intractable problems and how federal policies can help to test and scale up these interventions to measurably improve people’s lives. In the weeks before the
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Evidence in Action: Five Stories of Evidence Delivering Results in the Workforce System

America Forward’s Evidence in Action blog series highlights the voices of social innovation organizations, including those in the America Forward Coalition and our network partners, the results-driven solutions our community has to our country’s most pressing social problems, and the evidence-based federal programs that are critical to scaling the impact of this work. Follow along on Twitter using #EvidenceinAction to
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Presidential 2016: Democrats & Republicans Identified Common Challenges in their Platforms & America Forward has the Solutions

The following post was written by Juanita Tolliver, Manager at America Forward. At first glance, you would assume that there aren’t any points of alignment between the Republican and Democratic platforms, but guess again. In between the ceremonial events and speeches surrounding the Republican and Democratic Conventions last month, both parties adopted their 2016 platforms. The Republican party adopted a
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The Role of the Social Innovation Fund in the Evidence-Based Policy Movement

The following post was written by Nicole Truhe, Government Affairs Director, America Forward At America Forward, we believe that innovation and evidence are needed in order to more effectively address our country’s most pressing social problems. From both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there has been similar rhetoric that data and evidence should be used to develop policy, allocate budgets, and
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Budget Debate: Preserving Innovation Funding for the Social Sector

Over the next few weeks Congress will be debating funding limits for federal programs for this current federal fiscal year. Lots of factors will be weighed when determining funding levels for both the defense and non-defense sectors and across programs such as health, education, and housing. If Congress is serious about being more outcomes-based and evidence-driven in how it makes
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US Mayors: Key to Spreading the Innovation of Social Enterprise

The following is a guest blog post by Carla Javits, President and CEO of America Forward Coalition Member, REDF When we heard that the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) would be in our neighborhood for their annual meeting in June, we immediately offered a tour of a social enterprise – a business-like approach to providing jobs to people who want
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