Governance and Structure

Children’s Agenda Network: A cross-sector membership network that meets 3 to 4 times a year in order to support:

  • Relationship Building
  • Common Language and Framework for Improving Outcomes
  • Developing Shared Knowledge of Best Practices
  • Culture of Continual Improvement

Kids in Common provides “backbone” support to the Children’s Agenda Network.

Aligned Action Networks (AANs): Structured, data-driven workgroups focused on a specific indicator and/or targeted population with the goal of improving results. Currently two AAN’s are supported by Kids in Common focused on education and career outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system and another focused on youth in the child welfare system.
Stewardship Group: Provides oversight and decision-making for the Children’s Agenda, the Stewardship Group is composed of leadership of Aligned Action Networks and other workgroups (e.g. Policy Workgroup, Data Workgroup) and cross-sector leaders who are able to leverage resources to support the work.

The Children’s Agenda Network works to achieve better outcomes for children and youth by working together so that:

  • Bridges are built between siloed systems;
  • Relationships and trust develop among partners leading to identification of opportunities for collaboration that improve results for children;
  • Knowledge of best practices is shared with a focus on building upon what works and driving action to improved outcomes;
  • A culture of continual improvement is built through the use of data to inform and guide action;
  • Organizations and Individuals “Skill up” so they can perform their individual roles optimally while collaborating with each other effectively;
  • Cascading levels of collaboration create multiple ways for people to participate, communicate lessons and coordinate efforts;
  • Enabling conditions for systems change and improved results are seeded and sustained;
  • A common framework is created to drive work and collaboration among cross-sector partners to improve results for children;
  • There is shared accountability across sectors and among organizations for improved results for children and youth; and,
  • Stakeholder accountability results as individual agencies and organizations understand how their work contributes to the community level outcomes.
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