community systems building
According to the Community Systems Development (CSD) subcommittee of the Illinois Early Learning Council, community systems building is the ongoing process of developing the structures, behaviors, and connections that make all the components of a system operate as a whole, to promote shared results for children and families. At a local level, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and other partners work in collaboration to focus and align their work, and develop shared processes to achieve common outcomes that also advance the work of each organization. Partners use common data to design and implement systems change in small iterative cycles that adjust as system parts interact. By working to advance a shared community agenda, organizations also improve their own systems and, as a result, may also inform larger system improvements".
Members of the Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families are actively involved in building strong community systems throughout the fifteen county area in southern Illinois . Beginning early in 2019 the Coalition is participating in the ISBE funded Collaboration Institute.In partnership with Illinois Action for Children the Institute and Partner Plan Act, the initiative provides a system of statewide supports for early childhood community systems development. Supports include training, technical assistance, and coaching to community collaborations that are focused on enrollment of high-need children ages 0-5 into high-quality early learning programs. We look forward to being able to share learning opportunities and resources with Coalition members and community partners throughout the year.
Some great resources for our partners about Community Systems Building