There's no question that Alliance for Strong Families and Communities members create and share valuable resources with others in the network. Each month, the Alliance Library identifies the most accessed resources from its collection. Last month’s top resources were contributed by Hillsides, Seneca Family of Agencies, Boys Town, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Beech Acres Parenting Center, Child & Family Service, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and Lampion Center. Check out the Member Materials collection for more.

Here are October's Top Ten most accessed resources in the Alliance Library:

#10 Leading Transformational Change - Success Patterns
Conner Advisory (Atlanta, GA)

This 2019 Alliance National Conference session for member CEOs and board chairs focused on the human dynamics of orchestrating major transitions within organizations as well as the roles that senior leaders play in the change process. Based on over four decades of research, this executive briefing addressed the success patterns demonstrated by leaders who achieve full realization of their strategic endeavors.

#9 Strategy & Positioning for Sustainability: A Hillsides Case Study
Alliance member Hillsides (Los Angeles, CA)

At the 2019 Senior Leadership Conference, Hillsides discussed how building a new value proposition involves both a plan to identify the competitive advantage and market positioning of an organization’s services, and a plan to manage the organizational performance that assures competitive advantage over time. To be sustainable, organizations must be able to demonstrate value to both payers and consumers.

#8 Assessing Risk of Commercial Sexual Exploitation Among Children Involved in the Child Welfare System
The Pennsylvania State University; Panlilio, Carlomagno C.; Miyamoto, Sheridan; Font, Sarah A.; Schreier, Hannah M.C.

The objective of this study was to assess item characteristics indicative of the severity of risk for commercial sexual exploitation among a high-risk population of child welfare system involved youth to inform the construction of a screening tool. Results from this study can inform the construction of a screening instrument to assess the severity of risk for experiencing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

#7 Leveraging Systems Change to Promote Inclusive School Culture and Climate
Alliance member Seneca Family of Agencies (Oakland, CA)

Learning objectives for this 2017 Innovation Design Summit Spark Session included the need for integrated academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports that provide a transdisciplinary approach to identifying and responding to student challenges; School-wide assessment tools that inform efforts to create a more inclusive and trauma-informed school culture and climate; The policy and funding environment best supports a school’s capacity to provide integrated, multi-tiered supports.

#6 Economic Evaluation of Residential Length of Stay and Long-Term Outcomes
Alliance member Boys Town (Boys Town, NE). National Research Institute for Child and Family Studies; Father Flanagan's Boys Home; and University of Nebraska

This analysis used education, employment, and criminality data from 1476 former residential care youth who were now in their 20s. Individuals who were in the program for more than six months had better educational, employment, and criminality outcomes than youth that were in the program for less than six months. These improved outcomes were associated with significantly better estimated financial societal benefit over the long-term, specifically a 361% return on investment from a societal perspective.

#5 (tie) Continuous Improvement to Impact Well-Being
Alliance member Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services (Milwaukee, WI); and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Institute for Child and Family Well-Being

In this 2019 Alliance National Conference workshop, participants learned how Children's Hospital of Wisconsin adapted lessons learned from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' Change in Mind initiative to integrate human-centered design concepts, rapid cycle feedback from families, and data on family functioning into a CQI process that also informs systems change efforts.

#5 (tie) LEAN Six Sigma Plus Innovation Equals Success
Alliance member Beech Acres Parenting Center (Cincinnati, OH)

Learning objectives for this 2019 Alliance National Conference session: Be exposed to LEAN Six Sigma processes; Learn about innovation processes that can be utilized; See an example of LEAN Innovation via a case study; Begin to plan LEAN innovation tactics to utilize within their own agencies.

#4 Clinical Supervision Resources for Mental Health Services
The State of Queensland (Queensland Health)

Includes tools, templates, literature, useful links, guidelines, and policies.

#3 Results-Based Accountability to Identify Impact Indicators and Measure Outcomes
Alliance member Child & Family Service (Ewa Beach, HI)

Child & Family Service presented at the 2019 Alliance National Conference on how a Results Based Accountability exercise can be used as a tool that can heighten awareness among leadership and provide the framework for moving forward in the areas of outcomes, collaborative partnerships, innovation, financial sustainability, and regulatory modernization.

#2 School Partnerships - Pursuing Common Goals through School-wide Mental Health Integration
Alliance members Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services (Pasadena, CA); Lampion Center (Evansville, IN); and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

In this 2019 Alliance National Conference forum, participants heard from experts with decades of experience building effective partnerships between schools and community mental health agencies. They learned about a spectrum of collaborations ranging from training and consultation, to specialized programs that complement supports already existing in schools, to whole-school models for school-integrated mental health.

#1 Nonprofit Standards: A Benchmarking Survey

Nonprofit Standards is a national benchmarking survey of 200 nonprofit organizations across a variety of sectors, including health and human services, higher education, public charities, and private and community foundations. The report looks at strategic planning and partnerships (mergers), operations, funding composition, investments, spending policy, spending rate, impact reporting, employee satisfaction, compensation, flexible work, governance, fraud prevention, digital transformation, etc.

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