Meeting survey results: How are we doing?

At the end of every monthly Family Advisory Board (FAB) and Provider Action Team (PAT) meeting, we survey our participants with the Reality Check to make sure we are serving them well, staying true to our values, and working collaboratively towards our goals. We use the results of these surveys to monitor our progress and in our planning and decision-making, and we report back to our stakeholders at the beginning of every meeting on them.

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PAT, FABDavid Harrington
August 2019 - FAB Meeting #16

In August, FAB members reviewed 3 Early Intervention improvement projects proposed to close racial disparities in rates of African American and Hispanic children evaluated for Early Intervention from Brownsville compared to city-wide averages. The FAB responded to a series of questions designed to elicit criteria for success.

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David Harrington
August 2019 - PAT Meeting #13

During August's meeting, PAT members expressed solidarity with Brownsville residents after mass shooting incident at “Old Timer’s Day” to reaffirm the message that this violence does not define Brownsville or the families that live here. Also, members ranked Early Intervention project ideas designed to close the disparities found in the Early Intervention evaluation rates.

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David Harrington
July 2019 - FAB Meeting #15

In July, the FAB reviewed Driver Diagram and determined if primary and secondary drivers are appropriate and significant to support the end state. Members agreed that, “the evaluation rate for Black children and Hispanic children is equal to the citywide evaluation rate” is the most appropriate and actionable end state to work with for UB’s immediate Early Intervention focus.

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David Harrington
June 2019 - PAT Meeting #12

In June, PAT members began to identify a shared, measurable end state — a vision for how we would like EI utilization/equity to be in Brownsville at the end of our work on this issue. Members also looked at contributing factors and interventions we could implement and test to see if they lead to improvements in EI utilization in Brownsville.

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David Harrington
June 2019 - LC Meeting #7

During our second Leadership Council meeting of 2019, attendees suggested that UB and the FAB act as “ambassadors” that (1) provide accurate information for families about the EI process, benefits, limitations, importance, and sharing their experiences with the system; and (2) provide community perspectives on the EI process to pediatricians and other referrers, evaluators, service coordinators, and EI service providers.

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David Harrington
June 2019 - FAB Meeting #14: Retreat

In June, the FAB celebrated one year of collective work. The agenda included: (1) a historical lens that places UB’s work within a larger legacy of resistance to racist structures and (2) FAB members expressed interest in addressing inequities in NYC’s EI system through a collaborative improvement project with the PAT and the Bureau of Early Intervention.

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David Harrington
May 2019 - PAT Meeting #11

In May’s meeting, PAT members reviewed character feedback for Learning Landscapes and dug deep into Early Intervention (EI) data. Members are interested in pursuing ways of increasing rates of evaluation for children once referred to EI in Brownsville. Members also noted that they found it valuable to have the opportunity to examine EI data and ask questions about EI processes and what the data might be saying about early child development and services in Brownsville.

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David Harrington
April 2019 - FAB Meeting #12

In April, FAB members discussed Learning Landscapes creative content and characters/branding. Following Too Small to Fail’s presentation, members responded to survey gathering reflections on selecting/designing/ and redesigning characters.

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David Harrington
April 2019 - PAT Meeting #10

April’s meeting was unique in that a large percentage of the meeting time was spent on the opening activity, which provided a way for participants to think deeply about place and community as well as to reflect on their experiences with bias. Each participant was provided the opportunity to share whatever felt meaningful to them without concern for time. Most participants found this to be an important and moving experience that tied into the Learning Landscapes project. After the large, group share out, PAT were presented with many different characters in TSTF’s current creative and asked whether families in Brownsville may be more responsive to some of them.

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David Harrington
March 2019 - LC Meeting #6

During our first Leadership Council meeting of 2019, members continued  previous discussions about which datasets need to be accessed in order to aid UB efforts towards desired measurable outcomes identified by FAB and how this data can be shared amongst UB and partners. FAB members also spoke on how UB’s data-driven work has real-life positive consequences at the personal level.

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David Harrington
March 2019 - FAB Meeting #11

In March, FAB members returned to thinking about the Discover Together Brownsville projects and ways in which they can best participate in planning and implementation. Members expressed their excitement about Family Co-Op and continued thinking of ways to tailor the co-op to the strengths and needs of Brownsville.

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David Harrington
March 2019 - PAT Meeting #9

At March’s meeting, PAT member revisited Discover Together Brownsville to think about ways in which they can best participate in planning. During breakout groups, PAT and present FAB members reviewed each project and shared ways to best coordinate to launch DTB in September 2019.

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David Harrington
February 2019 - FAB Meeting #10

During February’s FAB meeting, members spent time identifying numerous examples of people, places, events, cultures, and history that could be learned about in a Family Co-Op, and expressed different ways that the narrative about Brownsville would be remixed if they were telling it.

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David Harrington
February 2019 - PAT Meeting #8

As with the FAB, PAT members responded personally to the experiences of discrimination and inequity, as well as the desire to “Lift Off”, as articulated in Donovan Livingston’s spoken word graduation speech. These experiences should inform the work UB does, including the way it approaches data and evaluation.

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David Harrington
January 2019 - PAT Meeting #7

It’s not every day in collective decision-making that you get to introduce a possibility, discuss it, and make a decision about it all in the same day. That’s what UB’s PAT did at its rescheduled January 2019 meeting. We were lucky to have a visit from Abe Fernandez of Children’s Aid Society and South Bronx Rising Together to help us discuss the possibility of join the Strive Together national network of collective impact organizations. Attendees overwhelmingly voted to join for the chance to tap into this country-wide effort.

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David Harrington
January 2019 - FAB Meeting #9

It was all about aspirations and outcomes to start 2019. After revisiting their prior expectations for the FAB and UB and their 2019 expectations, FAB members gathered in small groups to continue the work from our last meeting. This was the final step in four-part series of meetings that began with a conversation about what needs to change to enable children to “Lift off” in Brownsville, and culminated in a set of measurable outcomes that can be used to evaluate UB’s progress and the state of early childhood development in Brownsville.

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FABDavid Harrington
December 2018 - FAB Meeting #8

A potluck is a meal to which everyone contributes a dish, and our December FAB meeting was both a literal and a metaphorical potluck. FAB members brought the food to our final 2018 meeting, and we relied upon everyone’s contributions to the process of identifying outcomes that extend from our Theory of Change. For example, if FAB members want every child to be on track to read by age 5, UB and its collaborators may be able to identify specific ways to evaluate whether that is happening.

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December 2018 - PAT Meeting #6

Our final meeting of 2018 involved a deep and detailed small and large group discussion of United for Brownsville’s Theory of Change. PAT members helped us edit the text, adding to and expanding upon FAB contributions. The next step in the process will be to identify measurable outcomes that will help us know whether or not UB is achieving the changes laid out in the ToC.

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