(aka: we need one another if this is to work.)
We are tackling problems once considered unsolvable.
What makes us different
Posters and slogans might make us feel good, but change little in the real world.
Real change is measureable.
Safety+Success Communities focuses on the data and technology that delivers verifiable and measureable results.
The unsettling reality is that even with all the non-profits and government agencies working today, we still live within an ongoing epidemic of childhood trauma. This trauma has far-reaching and costly consequences to our families and communities.
It doesn't have to be this way.
We are committed to an innovative, game-changing approach that provides a new chance at achieving positive outcomes improving the status quo.
We are disruptive (but in a good way).
It may sound like jargon but the real solution is built on a data-driven, cross-sector and systemic platform.
Data-driven means that instead of decisions based on hunches, what’s been done before, or an opinion, we base all our work on data. We don’t lack for it. We’re swimming in excellent data and research that provides all the information we need to start solving challenges today. And data are far from only quantitative, intimidating numbers. Data are also qualitative and come from the stories of local residents and inspiring life experiences. Data-driven decision-making must guide the work.
Cross-sector means that our work is not done in isolation nor a silo. Instead, we reach across the key components of the public sector to coordinate work. We've identified ten vital services in ten distinct social sectors that make up a resilient family-friendly community. This means child welfare and public health work in sync with education and youth development. Our focus requires working in coordination across disciplines—from behavioral health care to job training— to assess challenges, plan, implement action and measure progress.
Systemic means that we approach problems by looking at the health of an entire community system, as opposed to only a particular piece. The magnitude of the challenges we face require that we work in a systemic manner. We take into thoughtful consideration all the interrelationships and interdependencies among the parts of the whole, whether it be our own organization or the community we focus on. Technology makes systemic work, internally and externally, transparent and more effective. For meaningful change, systemic thinking is required.
Your investment delivers what works. Through our partnership we will achieve meaningful results with the following strategies:
STRATEGY: Establish The Nation's First Network For Child Welfare Data-Driven/Quality Improvement Programs
First, we're linking with leadership in every child welfare system in the nation and offering—at no cost to all fifty state agencies—our Data Leaders for Child Welfare program. The program includes the course curriculum, 40+ tutorials and access to our learning management system, which houses links to data and research. Essentially, each child welfare department gets everything their quality improvement and planning division needs to facilitate our tested continuous quality improvement program.
This program is currently in New York City, Connecticut and New Mexico. Our goal is to link new agency leadership with current clients to learn how to customize, launch and evaluate the program. If local child welfare agencies seek technical assistance, we provide it through our cost-effective consulting services but it's definitely not required to set up a successful program.
We envision creating a national network of child welfare systems that share insights, research, successes and challenges. This collective would be a data-driven network, achieving measurable and meaningful outcomes for kids and families.
STRATEGY: Establish The Nation's First Network For Data-Driven Childhood Trauma Prevention Programs
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) presents a unique challenge as no state has a Department of Childhood Trauma Prevention (yet). Our Resilience Leaders program is the start of data-driven and cross-sector ACEs prevention work. Our plan is to share the Resilience Leaders Program with each of the fifty states public health departments at no cost. The ultimate goal is the eradication of childhood trauma through the nation's first data-driven, cross sector and systemic strategy.
We are also reaching out to local public health leadership and the network of behavioral health care providers in the major cities we currently work in including: Seattle, New York City, Hartford and Santa Fe. We will network with the early adopters in what is called the "ACEs prevention field"—those professionals who seek a data-driven and result-focused approach.
This will establish the country's first robust national network of ACEs prevention programs guided by continuous quality improvement.
STRATEGY: Establish Nation's First Network Of Data-Driven Programs Supporting Intergeneration Families And Older Residents
Our Longevity Leaders program promotes a data-driven approach to improving the health of our older residents and support older adults raising their grandkids. This program provides resources at no-cost to government agencies and nonprofits. To spread the word, we will contact each state's leadership within the government's Aging and Long-Term Services. We will also reach out to our networks in the state departments of Child Welfare, Public Health and Health and Human Services who support intergenerational families.
With perseverance and strategic networking, we will create a system in each state that promotes a data-driven approach to healthy longevity and resilient intergenerational families. As with all our programs, our consulting and technical assistance services are available, but not required, to design a successful and sustainable local program.
SUPPORTING SAFETY+SUCCESS COMMUNITIES
Like most non-profits, we are reaching out to foundations to support our mission. We are reaching out to those that have an excellent track record of data-driven and result-focused work. We have the expertise, history, data-driven framework and passion to create productive partnerships.
If you are interested in supporting this innovation and much needed work, please consider collaborating with us. As a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, you may make donations to Safety and Success Communities. Donors can deduct contributions made under IRC Section 170. If you have any questions about the financial or tax implications of your gift, we encourage you to consult a personal legal or financial advisor.
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