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Strategic Approaches

The Strategic Approaches make up the roadmap that ensures success in planning and implementation and supports improvement in how education, child, and family-serving agencies work together at the state and local educational agency (LEA)-community level to address youth violence prevention and mental health promotion. The Strategic Approaches are one of three components of the SS/HS Framework that includes the five Strategic Approaches, five Elements and seven Guiding Principles .

The Strategic Approaches include collaboration and partnership, technology, policy change and development, capacity building, and systemic change and integration. When paired with the five Elements, each of the Strategic Approaches offer a strategy, opportunity  or tool to leverage change and improvement in those content areas.

Select a Strategic Approach below to learn more:

  • Collaboration and partnership: Involving multiple organizations and working together in sharing common vision, resources, goals, and outcomes.
  • Technology: Harnessing evolving technology to increase efficiency and support program implementation and evaluation.
  • Policy change and development: Using existing or new lessons learned to inform the revision of current or development of new state and local policies.
  • Capacity building: Strengthening the knowledge, abilities, and skills of individuals and improving organizational structures and processes to more efficiently meet the needs of the community in a sustainable way.
  • Systemic change and integration: Changing existing systems to better coordinate multiple service agencies and programs to improve outcomes for the target population. Systems change and integration is a natural product of collaborative activities.

Use the SS/HS Framework tool to see examples of how the intersection of Strategic Approaches and the Elements creates change at the state and local levels.