Social Network Analysis & TA for Early Childhood Council

Colorado-Office-of-Early-Childhood-DHS-2The Early Childhood Councils in Colorado were legislated to support systems building and develop relationships that improve services and better coordinate resources for children and their families.  As part of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) effort, a Social Network Analysis was conducted to identify system relationships and develop an evidence base for systems building efforts. With support from the Colorado Department of Human Services, the PARTNER team met with Early Childhood Councils (ECC) in MIECHV (CDPEH) or Health Integration (CO Trust) funded communities to identify members of the early childhood system, develop a map of the “ideal” system, and participate in data collection to assess system relationships. The ECC Coordinator from each community served as the Point of Contact to coordinate a stakeholder meeting and administer a survey to ECC members.  The survey combines the PARTNER survey with the Process Quality/Working Together survey already administered to the ECCs. Each community received a Personalized Coalition Evaluation/Assessment and recommendations for actions steps to engage in systems building.

Time-Frame
2012-2015

Funded By
CO Trust, CO Department of Human Services, CO Department of Public Health and the Environment

Research/Evaluation Area
Public Health Systems
(sub-area: Early Childhood Systems)

Products
Conference Presentation: Public Health of the Rockies 2013, 2015

Research brief coming soon.

Project Partners
Darrin Hicks (DU); Jodi Hardin (Civic Canopy)