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Comprehensive Community Initiatives, Improving the lives of youth and families through systems change, a toolkit for federal managers
How the toolkit was created What is a CCI? CCI Tools for Federal Staff

Federal Partnerships

  1. When is it better to partner rather than go it alone?
  2. How do I identify potential partners?
  3. What is the best way to recruit and motivate a potential Federal partner?
  4. Who in the partnering agency needs to be involved?
  5. Should I consider partnerships with non-Federal organizations?
  6. What can I do to build a common understanding among the partners?
  7. How do I determine each partner's contributions to the CCI?
  8. What structure works best to govern a Federal partnership?
  9. How can Federal partners model collaboration?
  10. How can we ensure that Federal partners have up-to-date information about CCI sites and issues impacting the initiative?
  11. How do I determine what written agreements will be necessary to formalize the partnership?
  12. What can be done when each Federal partner has its own performance measures and reporting schedule?


  1. How do I determine the amount and duration of funding necessary?
  2. How can I make the most of limited funding?
  3. How can I ensure that sites devote adequate resources to systems change?
  4. When multiple agencies join together to fund an initiative, how can I coordinate the delivery of funding to sites?
  5. What is the best way to allocate funds for TA?
  6. How can I determine the optimal level of funding for evaluation?
  7. How can I deal with the differences among sites in their readiness to form and work in partnerships?
  8. How can I make sure communities with fewer resources have a chance of being funded and achieving their goals?
  9. What groundwork will help prevent confusion about the use of funds?
  10. How should I communicate my expectations to sites?

Technical Assistance

  1. How should I plan for TA?
  2. How do I determine the TA sites will need--how much and what type?
  3. When should I provide TA?
  4. What's the best way to manage TA services?
  5. How can I ensure that TA providers develop strong relationships with communities?
  6. What types of TA have sites found useful?
  7. How can TA be a catalyst for systems change?
  8. What qualities should I look for as I assemble a TA provider pool?
  9. How do I decide which TA providers to make available to individual sites?
  10. What methods of delivering TA work best for CCIs?
  11. What funding models should I consider for TA?


  1. Why is it important to integrate evaluation into the CCI?
  2. Why is a theory of change useful for integrating evaluation into a CCI?
  3. How can I design the evaluation to serve as a tool I can use during implementation?
  4. What should I consider as I begin to plan for multisite evaluation?
  5. What qualities should I look for when I select a multisite evaluator?
  6. How can I measure outcomes for a CCI, given that it takes more than a decade to see changes in a community?
  7. What decisions will I need to make as I work with evaluators to design a multisite evaluation?
  8. What is the relationship between the multisite evaluation and the evaluations conducted by individual sites?
  9. How can I coordinate multisite and site-level evaluations?
  10. What strategies will help me work on evaluation with tribal and rural communities?