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What Makes a Solution? Lessons and Findings from Solutions for America

What does a homelessness prevention program in Los Angeles share with a rural infant mortality program and a job training program for women in construction? This report highlights research findings from nineteen Wanted: Solutions for America sites and identifies common features of effective community-based programs. It also describes the participatory evaluation model that partnered faculty and program staff in the research process.

Launched by the Pew Partnership in 1999, Solutions was a two-year national research initiative designed to identify, document, and disseminate information about successful efforts to address tough challenges in communities across the country. The project was initially launched as Wanted: Solutions for America, and this report documents findings from the project.

You can download the full 64-page report or peruse chapters (typically 5-10 pages in length) highlighting individual solutions.

Pew Partnership for Civic Change (2003)

Resource Link: pew-partnership.org/resources/what_makes.html

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