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What We Do

We work with foundation officers, policymakers, and state and community leaders to:

  • Design initiatives and programs
    • Advise public and private funders in creating new initiatives for children and families, including:
      • Reviewing current research on what works;
      • Assessing community needs; and
      • Developing a theory of change.
    • Assist public and private funders in assessing capacity building needs of their grantees and designing technical assistance approaches by
      • Creating customized assessment tools;
      • Facilitating funder-grantee conversations; and
      • Designing technical assistance and training strategies to meet identified needs.
    • Work with state and local intermediary organizations to extend their capacity to support their clients by:
      • Collaboratively designing technical assistance approaches;
      • Developing and customizing technical assistance tools based on identified needs;
      • Creating training curricula for local use and provide support for local trainers in training delivery; and
      • Providing ongoing coaching support for local technical assistance providers and trainers.
  • Develop sound strategies to leverage resources
    • Identify promising approaches to supporting children, youth and families;
    • Develop financing plans and strategies - including projecting costs and identifying new sources of revenue; and
    • Assess the strength of current partners and develop community engagement strategies to broaden support for community initiatives;
  • Move from good thinking to action
    • Develop clear implementation plans for specific strategies; and
    • Undertake a full strategic or sustainability planning process to clarify long-term goals and develop a range of strategies to sustain programs and initiatives.

What We're Working On

Evidence 2 Success Initiative:

Mainspring manages the Financing Workgroup for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's new evidence-based practice initiative and is working to design and develop new financing frameworks, tools and technical assistance resources to support this national demonstration.

 

 



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