Evaluation Lessons From Family-Centered Community Change

Posted May 3, 2021
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog evaluatinglessonsfccc 2021

Can work­ing with pub­lic sys­tems to inte­grate ser­vices and serve par­ents and chil­dren at the same time spark broad­er com­mu­ni­ty change?

A new Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion webi­nar explores this very ques­tion. The 75-minute ses­sion revis­its the Foundation’s Fam­i­ly-Cen­tered Com­mu­ni­ty Change™ (FCCC) ini­tia­tive in three com­mu­ni­ties: Buf­fa­lo, New York; Colum­bus, Ohio; and San Anto­nio, Texas. It shares find­ings from an eval­u­a­tion, con­duct­ed by the Urban Insti­tute, that exam­ines how these com­mu­ni­ties fared in their efforts to improve the qual­i­ty of schools for kids while also build­ing job and par­ent­ing skills for the asso­ci­at­ed adults.

The webi­nar, Lessons and Reflec­tions From Fam­i­ly-Cen­tered Com­mu­ni­ty Change, includes a pan­el dis­cus­sion among rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the three FCCC com­mu­ni­ties and shares eight insights from the field.

Read or down­load slides from this webinar

Con­tent cov­ered in the ses­sion includes:

  • the vision for FCCC and what it looked like in prac­tice, includ­ing the num­ber and types of fam­i­lies enrolled in each community;
  • how com­mu­ni­ties inte­grat­ed ser­vices for par­ents and chil­dren into two-gen­er­a­tion approach­es that served whole families;
  • the roles of fam­i­ly coach­ing and front­line staff in bring­ing ser­vices togeth­er and set­ting fam­i­ly goals;
  • how the effort advanced broad­er com­mu­ni­ty change; and
  • how the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic affect­ed the effort.

Bur­gun­di Alli­son, a pro­gram asso­ciate with Casey’s Nation­al Com­mu­ni­ty Strate­gies team, mod­er­ates the session.

Pan­elists include:

  • Lakeshia Bragg, dual gen­er­a­tion sys­tems direc­tor with the Unit­ed Way of San Anto­nio and Bexar County
  • Cha­sity Edwards, school and com­mu­ni­ty liai­son for the Com­mu­ni­ty Prop­er­ties of Ohio Impact Corporation
  • Kenya Peo­ples, finan­cial coach with Buf­fa­lo Promise Neighborhood
  • Mar­la McDaniel, senior fel­low at the Urban Institute
  • There­sa Ander­son, senior research asso­ciate at the Urban Institute
  • Amelia Cof­fey, research asso­ciate at the Urban Institute

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