10 Steps to Success So you don’t trip up, here are ten tested steps that guide our 100% Community initiative.
The ten steps are those taken by local stakeholders as part of the 100% Community initiative. Action teams will choose to focus on one of ten family-focused sectors, following the key phases of continuous quality improvement which include: assessment, planning, action and evaluation.
We seek improvements in all ten sectors, from behavioral health care to housing, from innovators in the public and private sectors. For example, think how app-ordered rides utterly transformed the transportation sector. That is the type of big picture, think-outside-the-box-idea that gets local communities working at 100% of their capacity. The Anna, Age Eight Institute staff will support all action teams, step-by-step, as they work on their community innovations.
THE TEN STEPS TO IMPROVE A SERVICE SECTOR
Step 1: Share
Ensure that your action team has a clear vision, goals, shared understanding of data use and other components of the collective impact process.
Step 2: Assess
Assess the degree to which parents and youth have access to affordable family-friendly services (using the Resilient Community Experience Survey or other tools).
Step 3: Align
Identify who in your county is already working on improving your sector; network with them create synergy and opportunities for mutual support and insights.
Step 4: Seek
Gather research on evidence-based solutions; find the right solution that can be customized to meet the needs of your county’s population.
Step 5: Plan
Find a solution that could work, put together a logic model and proposal to share its budget, timelines, partners, technology, outcomes and cost-benefit analysis.
Step 6: Propose
Share your project proposal with elected leaders and stakeholders your city, county and school community. Respond to feedback and seek alliances.
Step 7: Disrupt!
We always advocate for respectful dialogue which can mean agreeing to disagree. That said, it’s our job to challenge the status quo that leaves kids behind and hurt. Use technology to gather support for your proposal – communicating with the public and local leaders.
Step 8: Commit
Be persistent and commit to developing support for your proposal. We know from experience innovation can take years, but with the right connections, new projects can be green-lighted within months.
Step 9: Improve
Once you secure the buy-in you need, start continuous quality improvement: assessing, planning, acting and evaluating. As we have said earlier, this step may be the biggest challenge, all projects need vigilance and creativity to make course-corrections if they are warranted.
Step 10: Measure
We celebrate the process of innovation and report out on our work. We collect data, including feedback from all residents, to ensure meaningful progress is occurring.