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ERIC Number: ED480445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Local Intermediary Organizations: Connecting the Dots for Children, Youth, and Families.
Blank, Martin J.; Brand, Betsy; Deich, Sharon; Kazis, Richard; Politz, Bonnie; Trippe, Steve
Despite the conventional wisdom that comprehensive services are an essential element in the support of children and families, over the past several decades programs and services have continued to be disconnected, separately funded, and provided by these multiple agencies. The need for local intermediaries has emerged through the devolution of decision making from the federal to local level, the decentralization of schools and their support networks, and the rise in networking in social services delivery. Intermediary organizations typically carry out activities related to four major functions: (1) engaging, convening, and supporting critical constituencies to increase public involvement, design new initiatives, strengthen local institutions, and achieve tangible results; (2) promoting quality standards and accountability for continuous improvement and to demonstrate positive outcomes; (3) brokering and leveraging resources by increasing the efficiency and impact of service providers and attracting resources that individual organizations often cannot secure on their own; and (4) promoting effective policies that can strengthen local organizations and result in more effective services for young people and families. In order for local intermediaries to achieve their full potential they need to be: recognized for their value; included in legislation and regulations; funded; and connected to each other. (Includes 3 endnotes, a list of resources, local intermediary contact information and a Partners for the Intermediaries Report.) (MO)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.