Driving Community Impact

“Drivincommunity impactg 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.

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Mapping Collaboration

The Instimapping collabtute for Veterans and Military Affairs at Syracuse University (IVMF) is pleased to announce a new research initiative to map and study collaborative activities among veteran and military family serving organizations across the United States. Starting in the summer of 2015, the IVMF research team took a first step to build a database of more than 70 veteran-serving organizational networks, collaborative initiatives, and higher education institutions active in veteran and military family research. This working paper officially lauches the project and summarizes preliminary data collection efforts, observations, and plans to develop the database into a public resource. Given the evolving and fluid nature of collaborative activities across the country, we aim for the database to serve as a ‘living tool’ that (1) facilitates learning and the diffusion of best practices between veteran and military family serving organizations and (2) informs future social science research on public sector collaboration, public-private partnerships, and network structure and governance on vexing policy challenges that span both agency and sector boundaries.

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