The complex needs of at-risk families often extend beyond what single programs can provide in isolation and many community-level issues negatively impacting families cannot be addressed with a service-level only approach. Service coordination is an important step toward developing a comprehensive system for children and families within a community, but communities have to work beyond service coordination to implement system-level strategies that address broad policy, practice, or community infrastructure issues that impact young children or families and benefit the community-at-large.
Although many factors are important for making progress toward systems-level goals, missing from most initiatives, but critical to success, is the need for communities to identify evidence-based drivers of change when identifying strategies to achieve their goals. When communities decide upon their goals, they need to identify the known predictors of their goals and align their strategies and action steps accordingly.
Evidence-based systems-level change (SLC) occurs over the course of five phases. Learn more about what evidence-based systems-level change is and the five-phase framework on how to get there in CFRP's new brief, A Framework for Evidence-Based Systems-Level Change.