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Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families

A Collective Impact Evaluation


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Project Summary

The Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (the Partnership) is a cross-sector collaborative of human service, public health, community, and family partners that work together to create a strong family well-being system. The Partnership aims to reduce child maltreatment and create conditions for families and communities to thrive by shifting from a reactive child welfare system to a prevention-oriented child and family well-being system. Since inception, the Colorado Lab has supported the Partnership in embracing a collective impact approach to implementation and evaluation, to better reflect the collaborative work and measure population and systems level change. This includes developing a toolkit that can be used by any local community to evaluate the Partnerships ongoing investments, including implementation and outcome indicators. Select projects also undergo deeper evidence-building, including: qualitative research highlighting community norms in social support among Colorado families; data insights to inform policy and practice actions to delink poverty from neglect and improve financial well-being among families (en Español); and an evaluation of the federally-funded Family Support through Primary Prevention (FSPP) grant, in collaboration with the OMNI Institute. FSPP findings are expected by October 2026. 

Steps to Building Evidence

Strategic research support is focused on program design (Step 1 on the Steps to Building Evidence) and establishing a system for continuous improvement using qualitative and quantitative data (Step 2). The evaluation of the Family Support through Primary Prevention grant uses trend analysis paired with qualitative narratives to assess early outcomes (Step 3). 


The collective impact approach has supported the partnership in using data to inform policy and practice priorities, assess community and system readiness for change, engage continuous improvement, establish cross-system and community partnerships, and understand collaborative contributions to family well-being and children prenatal to five.

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For more information about working with the Colorado Lab, see Government and Community Partnerships or Research Partnerships.