Specifically, this presentation:
1) Explains the need for cross-system collaboration in the housing and child welfare context, e.g., a multi-site federal demonstration project and its core features in evidence across the demonstration sites, all of which are randomized controlled trials;
2) Describes a cross systems collaboration framework that blends implementation science and organizational theory and draws on the collective impact literature with respect to the sequence of activities required, including examples from sites; and
3) Discusses initial testing and validation of this new framework for treating cross-system coordination as an intervention itself (with sequenced implementation tasks) in order to achieve collective impact among partner organizations supporting families with child welfare, housing, and related challenges.
This approach enables the classification of early success and challenges of coordination across child welfare and other systems applying a new framework. Based on findings to date, we suggest adjustments to the framework and speculate regarding how it might be adopted and refined in similar cross-systems endeavors intended to shore up vulnerable families.
This presentation will include the shared, pooled findings from the five demonstration sites with respect to cross systems collaboration, as well as selective summary findings from process, outcomes, and cost analyses. The process evaluations include implementation and fidelity observations, collaboration surveys, and related research. The outcomes evaluations address parent, child, and family outcomes. Cost analysis data includes the cost of homelessness and the cost of service provision to prevent and intervene. Sites present selected findings that illustrate the fruits of collaboration.