In 2017, we supported many amazing clients and initiatives working to impact their respective fields:
- We supported the planning process for the Family Justice Center Sonoma County (FJCSC) to develop and pilot a screening tool for polyvictimization to be used by the FJCSC and its partners. This screening tool will allow the FJCSC and its partners to better identify and effectively serve individuals that have experienced polyvictimization (multiple victimizations of different kinds), who often experience higher levels of negative health complications, in addition to higher likelihoods of future victimization and trauma.
- We supported six statewide afterschool networks in sustainability and scaling processes for their STEM programs and activities. As part of this work, we facilitated a session at the 2017 Afterschool STEM Institute in Silver Spring, MD to help participants assess the sustainability of their own STEM efforts.
- We coordinated and facilitated a webinar on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s consensus study, Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures to review the essential elements of the report and examine the ways in with the report can be incorporated in advocacy work in California.
- We supported the completion and launch of California’s Gold: An Advocacy Framework for Young Dual Language Learners, including coordinating and facilitating a webinar on the framework.
- We launched the California Early Care and Education (ECE) Organization and Collaborative Maps, two interactive maps showing the organizations and collaboratives working to affect ECE policy in California. With funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, we created these maps to support the field’s ability to secure policy changes and investments to develop a more robust early care and education system for California’s youngest children.
- We provided backbone facilitation and coordination support for the Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: Implementation Plan for the State of California – a collaborative effort led by First 5 California and the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – to ensure California’s workforce can provide consistent and high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth to age eight. We are proud to continue supporting the implementation of this plan, which focuses on: permitting and credentialing, professional pathways, and higher education and ongoing professional learning. As part of this work, we presented at the annual meeting of the Child Care and Early Education Policy Research Consortium in Washington, DC.
- We provided continued support for activities of the California Labor Management Initiative, including meeting design, preparation, and logistical support for its first Summer Institute.
We are proud to have supported a number of successful grant proposals. Here is a roundup of select grant awards we posted about in 2017:
- Contra Costa Family Justice Center – Domestic Violence Housing First (KD) Program
- Skyline College – Zero Textbook Cost Degree – Implementation Phase II
- Sonoma County Behavioral Health Division – Whole Person Care Pilot
- City of Richmond Employment and Training Department – Prop 39 Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Award
- Los Angeles Universal Preschool (now Child 360) – Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership
- Sonoma County Department of Health Services – Dental Transformation Initiative: Local Dental Pilot Projects
- Family Justice Center Sonoma County – A Pathway to Justice, Healing and Hope: Addressing Polyvictimization in a Family Justice Center Setting Demonstration Initiative
- Fresno County Office of Education – FY 2016 Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Validation Grant
We also wrote about some approaches and concepts that we’ve used or encountered. This included Lean Coffee, a collaborative way to design meeting agendas using participant feedback; the constellation model, a way to use networks to solve complex social problems; and implementation science, the examination of factors that leads to success in implementation.
We also added an interactive map of our recent work to the GPG website, showcasing our work across three main categories: Systems Change and Collaboration; Strategic, Business, and Sustainability Planning; and Funding Research and Grant Proposal Development.
We look forward to working on new and continuing projects in the next year!