Driving Community Impact
“Driving Community Impact: The Case for Local, Evidence-Based Coordination in Veteran and Military Family Services and the AmericaServes Initiative” leverages academic research from the public health and public management fields to highlight the promise of greater coordination, transparency, and data-driven practice among service providers. The report underscores the need for greater coordination and collective purpose among public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and military families. The paper details what the authors describe as both a challenge and opportunity for communities to maximize positive outcomes for veterans and their families through “improved, evidence-based coordination” of supportive services. The report asserts that collective impact, a framework for bringing diverse organizations together around complex social problems, is one promising model for communities to consider in their efforts to advance the lives of veterans and military families.