Summit Highlights (By The Lee Institute)


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This presentation was made to the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees in October 2008. It gives summary highlights of the Vision 2013 Regional Early Childhood Summits, which gathered input for the Vision 2013 Strategic Plan.

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  • Summit Highlights (By The Lee Institute)

    1. 1. South Carolina First Steps VISION 2013 Regional Early Childhood Summits Final Report Highlights Prepared by The Lee Institute October 23, 2008
    2. 2. Vision 2013 <ul><li>Built upon an inclusive planning process </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating diverse statewide perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Setting the stage to build a common agenda for improved children’s school readiness in South Carolina </li></ul>
    3. 3. Summit Objectives <ul><li>Sharing and compilation of county successes </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of priority issues and service gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Clarification of issues & needs common across counties to be considered in the state Board of Trustees strategic plan </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions for ways that SC First Steps can assist with local needs and resource assessment and planning </li></ul>
    4. 4. Lee Institute Role <ul><li>Technical assistance in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>framing a robust and inclusive strategic planning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>designing method for engaging participants in summits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preparation of a detailed guide for facilitators & recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation of facilitators & recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation of the seven regional summits </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of a report that synthesizes and summarizes the qualitative data gathered at all seven summits </li></ul>
    5. 5. Methodology
    6. 6. Qualitative Research Approach <ul><li>Facilitated conversations were designed to gain insights into knowledge, attitudes and opinions through group interaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a survey or a poll </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to focus groups, interviews and observations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Naturalistic: creating the context for gathering data </li></ul><ul><li>Interpretive: finding meaning in verbatim responses </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging: theory is developed from the data </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations: cannot generalize to a population or perform statistical analyses </li></ul>
    7. 7. Finding Themes in Qualitative Research <ul><li>Data are appropriate for “theming”, a technique that identifies concepts and ideas common across table groups and across regions </li></ul><ul><li>Working in pairs or trio to check each other’s thinking and assure consistency of approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize recorders’ notes into stand-alone quotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify key words from each quote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize key words into categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group categories into themes by region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find themes common across regions for the state </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Questions and Data
    9. 9. Visioning Exercise: Headlines <ul><li>If we strengthened families, early education, child care, and health of all children 0-5 in this region, what would look different in 10 years? Use your dreams to create 1-3 headlines for your county that you would love to see in a future edition of your local newspaper. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Community Asset Mapping <ul><li>Where are children/families with these risk factors served now in your county? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Density map depicting children in poverty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>County readiness risk profiles and trend data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Child care </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening families </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Children Experiencing Early School Failure: Characteristics of Young Children Subsequently Retained or Scoring “Below Basic” by 3 rd Grade SC Data Warehouse, adapted and updated from the January 2007 PACT/Retention analysis of Dr. Baron Holmes.
    12. 12. Q: Now that you have discussed the risk factor data for your county, seen Dan’s slides providing additional information, and mapped some locations of key resources in your community, what observations do you have that are surprising and notable? <ul><ul><li>Location of services impedes access for some families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation is an unmet need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaching families requires effort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The greatest needs exist where there’s the greatest poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is insufficient service capacity to meet needs </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Q: What is currently working well for the children with these risk factors in your county? Why? <ul><ul><li>Working with the family as the client </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agency collaboration and co-location of services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services in the home or the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High quality services </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Q: What are the obstacles you confront in serving these children and families? <ul><ul><li>Inadequate funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family cultures and structures that contribute to lack of school readiness (attitudes, beliefs, practices, experiences) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of service capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political and bureaucratic barriers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of community understanding of the issues </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Q: What are examples of specific local practices/programs that do a good job addressing these obstacles? What is it about these practices that are so effective in addressing these obstacles? <ul><ul><li>Focusing on the needs of the whole family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agency collaboration and co-location of services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services that provide or reduce the need for transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services at home or in the community </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Q: What do you wish you knew more about? What issues or questions do the data raise that you would like to examine further? <ul><ul><li>How to effect change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data to inform our work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Risk factors and correlations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best practices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing programs and plans across South Carolina </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Q: Based on today’s conversations, what one thing do you want First Steps decision makers to consider in preparing Vision 2013? <ul><ul><li>Funding, especially funds to maintain or increase service capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy and social marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling and building partnerships and collaborations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending to individual needs of/differences among counties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program development and expansion, including programs that focus on the needs of the whole family </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Post-summit validation discussion by First Steps Partnership Executive Directors <ul><ul><li>In regional groups (EDs, county staff and partners): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss the quotes generated from your regional summit related to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Programs that focus on the needs of the whole family </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling and building partnerships and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>collaborations </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. What the Partnerships said … <ul><li>Partnerships must have the flexibility to develop innovative (“non-standard”) strategies </li></ul><ul><li>One size does not fit all </li></ul><ul><li>Zero to 3 focus </li></ul><ul><li>Build capacity for collaborative resource development (grant writing, fundraising) </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide plan for advocacy and social marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Incentives for proven results, collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic approach to serving families (older siblings, extended family) needed to meet unique needs </li></ul>
    20. 20. Summit Evaluation Questions <ul><li>Please suggest specific ways that SC First Steps can assist with local needs and resource assessment and planning in your county </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In your opinion, what were the most valuable aspects of today’s summit? </li></ul><ul><li>How could today’s summit have gone better? </li></ul>
    21. 21. What We Heard <ul><li>Opportunity to learn from each other </li></ul><ul><li>Set expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Look to First Steps for strong advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting the culture for economic payoff </li></ul><ul><li>First Steps is entrusted to be a voice statewide for creating positive change </li></ul>
    22. 22. What We Heard <ul><li>Want to do what works AND no cookie-cutter approach - recognize economic and demographic differences </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration – scope of change requires partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive approach to working with families </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching families requires effort </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Location of services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-home services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-location </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Recommendations <ul><li>Keep advocacy and communication front and center </li></ul><ul><li>Model collaboration – trust and relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Take into consideration different (TA) needs of each county </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate and incentivize innovation, best practices and collaborative approaches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The desired end point for each partnership and region may be the same or very similar, but the means to get there may be varied or require a different pace </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Recommendations <ul><li>Implement approaches that focus on needs of whole family </li></ul><ul><li>Find & remove barriers to participation by families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation, in-home services, one-stop shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engage parents and families – hear their voices </li></ul><ul><li>Mine the quotes to inspire and shape strategies </li></ul>
    25. 25. For more information or to offer additional input, contact First Steps at (803) 734-0479 or e-mail us at [email_address]