Effective July 2012, Washington state sunset the Washington State Council for Children and Families and the Washington State Family Policy Council. Washington has been a national leader in creating community-level frameworks that use neuroscience and population-level data about childhood adversity to inform social policy and practice. Building on this history, private and public entities have agreed to work together to redesign a platform to integrate community frameworks to better understand how communities can prevent and reduce adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This work will both build on the work of the Community Public Health and Safety Networks and incorporate new information from initiatives such as Frontiers of Innovation and Strengthening Families Washington.

Our top priority is strengthening our understanding of the most effective evidence-based models that prevent ACEs, in partnership with our public and private partners. When communities get organized and provide preventative interventions to vulnerable kids and families, higher costs interventions like hospitalization and incarceration are often avoided. We are seeking funding to support an evaluation of what happens in communities that do this successfully. In other words, the APPI would like to determine the Return on Investment (ROI) on community-based capacity building investments focused on ACE prevention and mitigation.

Co-Design Team
In order to move the development of the public – private partnership around ACES forward, a small co-design team began meeting in February 2012. The team includes these members:
• Jody Becker-Green, Department of Social and Health Services
• Sue Grinnell, Department of Health
• Erinn Havig, Department of Early Learning
• Vicki Lunghofer, First 5 FUNdamentals of Pierce County and Strengthening Families WA representative
• Venita Lynn, Early Learning Coalition and Strengthening Families WA representative
• Peter Pecora, Casey Family Programs
• Marie Sauter, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Andi Smith, Governor’s Executive Policy Office
• Jim Teverbaugh, Public Health and Safety Network representative
• Dick Watkins, Giddens Foundation
• Kristen West, Empire Health Foundation

Team Accomplishments

  • Reached consensus on a set of core values and guiding principles for our activities (see below).
  • Released request for proposals for project management services, subsequently engaging Christina Hulet and Jill
    Hodges in June 2012. The project managers are responsible for guiding the design, facilitation, and administration of the formative phase of the partnership.
  • Agreed on actions (see Next Steps below) to be completed in 2013, and within the current budget.
  • Added community representation to the initial co-design team, representing Community Public Health and Safety Networks, Washington State Early learning Coalitions and the Strengthening Families network.
  • Formed an Evaluation Sub-team that has drafted the evaluation design, adopted site criteria, developed a theory of change and issued a Letter of Interest to potential evaluation sites.

Next Steps
• Launch the evaluation
• Facilitate community learning and dialogue

One goal for 2013 is to create an effective learning community within the APPI team, participating evaluation sites
and the broader community.

Expand the evidence base

  • We will partner with researchers to identify key questions and methodologies to that will help us build interventions to reduce population-level ACEs and save money.
  • We will develop criteria for identifying and selecting research partners.
  • We will work with research partners to finalize an evaluation approach.
  • We will seek additional partners and resources to implement the evaluation and learning community.
  • We will invest in research on implementation. This will likely include investments in evaluation of community-based ACEs prevention and reduction approaches in several communities.

Core Values
1. Understand root causes
2. Solutions informed by science
3. Innovation
4. Rigorous evaluation
5. Reinvest savings into prevention
6. Empowered communities
7. Multi-generation solutions
8. Public sector leadership
9. Multi-sector collaboration
10. Mutual accountability for shared goals
11. Leverage existing resources

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