Jeff was not able to attend, but it was noted that the anticipated date for a final ECI needs assessment is in early Aug and the strategic plan will follow. As the strategic plan is being redeveloped the group will review the RA work plan in more detail.
Cass and Heather provided a PowerPoint presentation on the IDS project. There is a 2 part focus with the project including:
- Development of an IDS governance structure that ensures ethical use of shared data.
- Complete a demonstration project.
It was suggested that perhaps the RA group could serve as a “project advisory team” as the IDS work continues. A thorough overview of the demonstration project (matching birth records with kindergarten enrollment records) was provided and points of interest for analysis included items such as:
- Enrollment patterns
- Kindergarten readiness gaps
- Child/family characteristics that may predict readiness gaps
Other data, when added, could address other experiences and how they correlate (i.e. poverty, maltreatment, unemployment, lead exposure, etc.). This would also allow policy/program staff to look at touch points over the 0-5 span and service utilization patterns and how those may impact outcomes.
The group talked about similar work being done in other municipalities, counties, and states across the country.
Kelly provided an update on the 2 gen project within FaDSS and how this practice approach is being incorporated into systems level change. She noted the FaDSS program gathered input through focus groups of participants of the program in April (to gather “family voice” using an appreciative inquiry process). The FaDSS steering committee met in May and developed a list of strategies and is now taking those back to staff for feedback. Lisa noted that the work done with FaDSS around family engagement could be beneficial to the family engagement advisory committee (under the Governance Component Group) that is reconvening soon.