Organizational Network Analysis of the KIDS COUNT Grantee Network

kids-count-logoIn partnership with KIDS COUNT, the University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Collaborative Governance’s Team will complete the planning and initial implementation for the organizational network evaluation of the KCGN that will (1) assess the partnership engagement process and the level of communication among partners in the KCGN; (2) assess changes in activities, policies, programs, or systems that have occurred as a result of the initiative; (3) identify facilitators and barriers faced by members of the KCGN; and (4) use the information developed through this research to inform future partner efforts.

This KCN is complex, involving leadership from the Annie E Casey Foundation, membership from state-based child advocacy, nonprofit, and research organizations. In total, there are grantees in every US state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each who have developed partnerships at multiple levels throughout the state system. These networks of partners in each state are helping lawmakers, public agencies, and nonprofits understand the nation’s changing demographic profile to encourage more effective programs and policies. KIDS COUNT grantees are building strong relationships with stakeholders to move the discussion from data to larger social change and legislation ( http://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/kids-count-network/).

Time-Frame
2015-2016

Funded By
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems (Early Childhood Systems)

Project Partners
Ida Drury, Kempe Center