At Family Connects International, our approach to dissemination is not simply to expand our model’s reach. Rather, we collaborate with communities in ways that will help identify what is needed and plan for what is possible. We pair our expertise and evidence with the knowledge and wisdom that already exists in the community to build a comprehensive implementation partnership.
The FCI dissemination team works intensely with interested communities to design, develop, and implement key strategies focused on achieving the core elements of the Family Connects model. The following tasks represent this initial work:
- Conducting a site readiness assessment
- Identifying a lead organizational home for the model
- Crafting an operational model and stakeholder engagement plan
- Creating a program budget
- Developing a staffing model with job descriptions
- Developing a data learning agenda
- Developing a detailed site implementation plan
While some communities choose to engage in a planning agreement to first assess the feasibility of model implementation, others may, based on readiness, immediately engage in an implementation agreement and begin aligning community service providers, hiring and training staff, and creating a community advisory process to meet the needs of families. FCI staff supports communities through all dissemination phases, leading to initial program certification and full implementation.
Once sites are prepared to provide home visits to families, and later to achieve program certification, program data are used to assess service performance to be sure the site is meeting the required elements of the model.