Partner Build Grow is an Action Guide for sustaining community and school-based approaches that develop students’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical health and contribute to educational success.
The practical steps and tools will assist school administrators, program directors, civic leaders, and other stakeholders develop plans to maintain and strengthen programs that give children the skills they need to flourish.
“[Partner Build Grow]…is a very comprehensive action kit and pitched at the right level for people on the ground to help them take the best steps to be effective. In thinking about intermediaries as entrepreneurs to make things happen, I think this will be a great tool.”
– Stuart M Butler, PhD
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
The Brookings Institution
The Guide lays out four key strategies that stakeholders can adapt to the unique circumstances of their communities, as well as guidance on how to measure progress and assess outcomes for each recommended step. The strategies are not sequential and stakeholders in any phase of development will find the tools valuable. The four-pronged strategy includes:
The steps or action components described are not linear; they are dynamic and often happen simultaneously, overlap, or are influenced by one another so that you may have to circle back to a previous step and adjust the activities to match the current reality. By engaging in a continuous improvement process guided by assessment, you will be able to determine whether program or partnership objectives are being met.
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Frankford E, Sadlon R, Price OA, Sheriff L. Partner Build Grow: Resources to Sustain Partnerships and Advance Prevention Initiatives. J Youth Dev. 2019;14(3): 183-195.
Since 2015, Partner Build Grow, An Action Guide, developed by the Center of Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) has been a valuable online resource to support stakeholders in building and sustaining equitable health-promoting environments for children in schools and communities. In this article published in September 2019 by the Journal of Youth Development, Rachel Sadlon, MPH, Dr. Olga Acosta Price, PhD, and Linda Sheriff, M.Ed. of CHHCS, and Evelyn Frankford of Frankford Consulting, describe the context and methodology that led to the creation of the guide, as well as the framework it lays to support sustainable programming through the development of school-community partnerships. The full article is available online here.
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