Collective impact is not a solution in itself, but a problem-solving process, which requires us to measure our progress and evaluate our impact in several different ways. It is important to recognize that collective impact is a system building, long-term endeavor; changes in our shared metric data will not happen overnight. Increased alignment and coordination of programs and services takes time and is hard work. It is our goal, that over time, with alignment, coordination and intentional attention to filling gaps in our early care and education system, we will begin to see the needle move towards our desired outcomes.
Ultimately, we want to know that we have achieved our vision that children in our region are healthy, thriving, and entering school ready to learn.
Under the guidance of our steering committee, the following set of metrics were identified as indicators to measure our impact.
Through these we will measure the desired changes across our region in children’s health, thriving and readiness to learn. These measures were selected as indicators that will help to illustrate the reality of Hampton Road’s children.
Starting with baseline data collected in 2017, we will begin the journey to improve outcomes. A target date of 2022 has been set for assessing the changes in outcome data.