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Catalyst Session: Advancing Evidence: Evaluating Innovations in Child Dev.

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A 2-hour interactive, facilitated session where attendees focus on a specified topic. Happening as part of the Futurebound Summit.

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What is the Futurebound Summit?

Futurebound is a movement of entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits and other public- and private-sector leaders coming together to fuel innovation in child development. Our next generation is depending on us—and we can’t afford to wait. The Futurebound Summit is a time to catalyze the Colorado ecosystem focused on young children by bringing everyone together.

Futurebound is partnering with Uncharted to host a four-day summit in Denver that will bring together ventures, investors, leading experts, policymakers and more for a series of events and workshops that will supercharge innovation to change the future of child development.

Catalyst Session: "Advancing the Evidence: An Evaluation Framework for Innovations in Child Development"

There are significant structural and systemic barriers that keep children from thriving. As we innovate solutions for these challenges, we should do our best to ensure that resources deployed are as effective as possible. Evaluation can equip changemakers with the tools they need to meet that high bar.

OMNI Institute and the Family Resource Center Association will provide a skill-building session that introduces an “Advancing the Evidence Framework” for how to build an evidence base, from the start of an initiative to maturation. We will share perspectives on needed infrastructures, processes, and lessons learned from our 10+ years of partnering to advance the evidence for family support services.

Attendees will work through the “Advancing the Evidence Framework” with a provided child development case study using a five-phase iteration that progresses from the start to end of the Framework. For each phase, OMNI and FRCA will introduce the objective, the importance, and key questions to consider. Attendees will then participate in small group activities that task them with designing evaluation activities based on the case study that could be used to accomplish that objective while grappling with real-world considerations. We will then come back together as a group to identify key takeaways, answer questions, and share lessons learned.

By the end, participants will:

  1. Be equipped with a flexible and approachable yet rigorous Framework that helps them think through how to build an evidence base at every stage of their venture.
  2. Understand the benefits, foresee potential pitfalls, and understand what it really takes to build an evidence base, regardless of their previous knowledge of evaluation.
  3. Be able to take on evaluation activities as a way to generate learnings, understand progress, and know when and how to pivot when efforts are not gaining traction.

Agenda

  • Each session will be a combination of discussion and facilitated activities with attendees.

Presenters

Sara Bayless Director of Human Development at the OMNI Institute

Sara is responsible for overseeing OMNI’s education work and leads many projects in the child and family services sector. She also provides guidance for OMNI’s quantitative methods work and loves nothing more than thinking through complex analytic puzzles. Prior to OMNI, Sara was a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University, where she specialized in intervention programming among ethnic/racial minority youth and advanced statistical methods. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and volunteers her time with Social Venture Partners - Denver.

Teri Haymond, LCSW and Program Director at the Family Resource Center Association

Teri provides subject matter expertise, strategic leadership, and enhances the professional development of FRCA’s Program. Her team focuses on supporting member Family Resource Centers across the state to implement Colorado's Family Resource Center model with fidelity. Prior to this position, she worked for the Denver Indian Family Resource Center supporting implementation of their Urban Indian Child Welfare Practice model and with the Office of Early Childhood's Child Maltreatment Prevention unit supporting family resource centers across Colorado and implemented a pilot child maltreatment prevention program, Colorado Community Response. Additionally, she has provided direct social work practice to urban American Indian families working towards reunification with their children.

Teri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2005. Practicing in the field of social work for 17 years, she has extensive experience in the area of Indian child welfare, child maltreatment prevention, project management and systems change work. She also completed her undergraduate internship with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

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Dominion Towers Conference Room | 23rd Floor | South Tower

Denver, CO 80202

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