MCI uses a network approach to leverage resilience and community assets to combat the entrenched problems that children and families face. We believe the connections between the people and institutions of all sectors can drive positive community change. The research continues to build evidence for the importance of building, strengthening, and maintaining connections in the service of data-driven collective action that continuously monitors progress. MCI network tends to the number, variety, and depth of those connections in the 500 block catchment area.
We are continuously building, tending to, and measuring our network so that it:
MCI Network functions through distributed leadership, meaning residents and partner agencies are encouraged and supported to self-organize to use the data that the team collects to take action to improve the lives of children and their families in the catchment area. Network connections fluctuate over time, responding to the urgent needs of the community and taking into account day-to-day realities. The MCI Network team builds, tends, measures, and maintains the connections and relationships among the residents and partner agencies by using the 4 methods below:
Network approaches can be challenging to define, describe and demonstrate. MCI network is working along with other place-based sites as part of the Population Change Learning Community in order to strengthen our own practice and inform the larger field of our progress and learning. Together, the Population Change Learning Community developed and is in the process of testing a Collective Capacities Survey tool that will help us describe, assess and monitor the health of our network and the capacities we have that will truly drive positive change.