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Stakeholder Communications

Communications Style Inventory

This informal survey is excerpted from The Platinum Rule, by Tony Alessandra and Michael J. O’Connor. It is designed to help users determine how they usually act and communicate in everyday situations.

Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education

This brief synthesizes the latest research that demonstrates how family involvement contributes to young children's learning and development. The brief summarizes the latest evidence base on effective involvement; specifically, studies that link family involvement in early childhood to outcomes, and programs that have been evaluated to show what works.

Leadership in Systems of Care: Creating and Communicating a Shared Vision

This brief describes what a shared vision is and why it is important, the critical role of leadership in promoting a shared vision, essential characteristics of successful leaders, and key steps in developing and communicating a shared vision. The brief, which draws on the Systems of Care leadership study and experiences of the Children’s Bureau Systems of Care grant communities, also includes resources for more information about creating and communicating a shared vision.

Integrated Human Service Models: Assessing Implementation Fidelity through the "Line of Sight” Perspective

This paper considers the importance of formative research (or how well a model is put into practice) to the pursuit of systems integration. Of particular concern is implementation fidelity, or the faithfulness with which a concept is executed. It addresses two fundamental challenges: 1) getting all stakeholders to have the same understanding with respect to what a given reform model is all about and how it is supposed to function, and 2) applying simple formative research techniques toward improving the quality (fidelity) with which reforms are introduced and sustained.

Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems-Building: A Tool to Inform Discussions on Collaborative, Cross-Sector Planning

The purpose of this tool is to help state and community leaders improve the capacity of their early childhood systems. Comprehensive early childhood systems require work across health, early learning and development, and family support and leadership sectors to achieve goals for thriving children and families. The tool is based on the framework and accompanying graphic developed by the Early Childhood Systems Working Group.

Data Collection Instruments for Evaluating Family Involvement

The Harvard Family Research Project developed this report as part of its ongoing effort to help practitioners and researchers collect and use data for continuous improvement. It provides stakeholders with some commonly used and standardized data collection instruments on family involvement, and can help stakeholders learn about and choose rigorous family involvement instruments to assess impact and ensure quality.

Common Decision Rules: Rationale, Typology and Impacts

This tool, excerpted from the Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, examines patterns of decisionmaking and explains the rules of decisionmaking practice. It also looks at various uses and implications of decisionmaking in numerous forms.