Taking a Close Look at the Implementation of Evidence2Success

Duration: 2012 - Present
Funding: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Penn State Research Center, Keecha Harris and Associates, Mainspring Consulting
Principal Investigator: Sarah Chilenski
Partners: Penn State Survey Research Center, Annie E Casey Foundation, Keecha Harris and Associates, Social Development Research Group, Mainspring Consulting


Evidence2Success is a program led by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that combines public health and prevention science to offer a new way of helping children and youth meet critical behavioral, educational, emotional, and physical milestones. Its framework has a number of core elements:

  • Evidence2Success Core Trainings
  • Youth Well-being Survey Administration
  • Fund mapping of Public System
  • Priority Setting & Program Selection
  • Strategic Finance Planning
  • Program Training and Implementation
  • Fidelity Monitoring and Data Tracking
  • Developing Plan for Scale

The Annie E Casey Foundation has just recruited two more Evidence2Success sites. The foundation is building on lessons from its partnerships in its original site (Rhode Island) and currently collaborating sites (Utah and Alabama) by expanding the program’s reach into other communities where child outcomes are the worst. These regions are home to 40% of the nation’s children and nearly 45% of U.S. children of color — and areas where kids continually are behind their peers in meeting key milestones on their path to adulthood. Applications are being sought from communities in the South to engage in this program. 

The Penn State team has three main functions in this program evaluation. First, team members are assessing the implementation of the Evidence2Success framework in the sites with a mixed method, community-based participatory research design (e.g., observations, surveys, interviews, and focus groups) to assess effectiveness and identify any issues that require attention. Second, they are offering these evaluation findings through reports to both the sites and the foundation, focusing on both areas of strength and those requiring action to improve the design and future implementation of the framework. Third, they are coordinating all evaluation-related and data collection-related activities at existing Evidence2Success sites and will do so for new sites. 

Research Team


A Road Map to Quality Collective Impact Programming with Fiscal Independence: The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet Story

Chilenski, S. M., & Chrisler, A. J. (2019). A road map to quality collective impact programming with fiscal independence: The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet story. University Park, PA: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University. 28 pp. Annie E. Casey Foundation Grant #212.0235, to PI Chilenski. Abstract: This report examines how Rhode Island’s Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC) has changed since adopting the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success® framework seven years ago. During this time frame, CYC — a coalition of organizations, systems, residents and youth organized around community-generated priorities — transitioned from backbone organization to agile and independent intermediary. CYC’s evolution generated valuable insights — identified and explored in this report — that can help other collective impact programs pursue sustainability and fiscal independence.