down Go Back to Our Ideas Report/Research Intermediaries’ Role in Policy to Develop and Scale Equitable Pathways Readright At a Glance This brief illustrates the power intermediaries have to influence policy, so they can be more effective in supporting their partners and driving positive change in their communities and across their states. Published oct. 19, 2020 Contributors Taylor Maag Associate Director Nancy Hoffman Senior Advisor Lexi Barrett Associate Vice President Erica Cuevas Director Sections About this Brief Related Resources Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email About this Brief This brief elevates the importance of policy at all levels (federal, state, local, and institutional) and emphasize the potential ways in which intermediaries can influence policy within their ecosystems. It also presents examples of intermediaries that are implementing equitable pathways and others that have been successful in policy-related activities. By better understanding the power they have to influence policy, intermediaries can be more effective in supporting their partners and driving positive change in their communities and across their states. It outlines five of the roles intermediaries can play in policy and provides examples of intermediaries that have been successful in taking on these roles:Understand the Policy EnvironmentDesign Policy SolutionsMobilize CoalitionsInform and AdvocateLead Implementation of Policy Learn more about how intermediaries can make a difference through policy in JFF’s Equitable Pathways Hypotheses policy spotlight. Learn Moreright Related Resources Report/Research Equitable Pathways Hypotheses Spotlights The Building Equitable Pathways hypotheses guide the development of pathways that equitably support all young people, especially youth of color and youth who are experiencing poverty, in building rewarding and successful futures. Learn what the hypotheses look like in action. Report/Research How Intermediaries Can Help Black and Latinx Youth Develop a Strong Occupational Identity: Four Principles of Practice This resource provides four guiding principles that intermediary staff and leaders can use to support equitable career outcomes for youth—particularly Black and Latinx youth and young people who are experiencing poverty. Report/Research Intermediary Functions and Features in Pathways Systems This resource clarifies the roles intermediaries play in college and career pathways systems. It can be useful for envisioning a brand-new organization or strengthening the intermediary functions of an existing organization. Your organization can use this guide during a strategic planning process or at any time to reflect on its practices, shift its focus, or reconnect to its mission. Tool Planning Tool for Building Equitable Pathways This planning tool will allow your organization to plan, partner, and do the work necessary to become a more effective intermediary in your unique context. Report/Research An Intermediary’s Guide to Working with Higher Education Partners This guide supports intermediaries and their community college partners in forming productive and lasting relationships. The goal of these partnerships is to provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credits that will help them build their future careers. Report/Research From Labor Market Information to Pathways Designs: Foundational Information for Intermediaries This resource is designed to help intermediaries effectively design strong college and career pathways. It lays out key areas and provides guidance about and examples of how to distill this information in order to share it with young people and partners. Report/Research The MOU: A Tool for Formalizing Partnerships Intermediaries can use memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to better fulfill their roles as connectors among partners working to provide college and career pathways. This easy-to-use guide describes the purpose of an MOU, outlines the process for developing one, and provides sample templates for adaptation. Report/Research Intermediary Communications: How to Stand Out While Working Together Developed by Mission Minded in partnership with JFF and the Building Equitable Pathways partners, this guide provides intermediaries with best practices in communications along with tools and sample messages to help them stand out and unite partners in their work.