Community Impact for Child Well-Being

Fundamental units of society include not only individuals but also the voluntary institutions they create – families and communities. Robust families and thriving communities provide the ideal social and economic ecosystem for human flourishing.

Children exist in families, which exist in communities. They grow and develop within a developmental ecology comprised of the individual within progressively more complex, nested social systems. Child development is indivisible from the community systems surrounding children.

To improve child outcomes is to improve community capacity and vice versa. In this way, self-governing communities and families provide an organically protective and supportive ecosystem for children to grow and thrive.

Model for Change

One Accord for Kids seeks to build a broad-based collaborative effort among West Texas communities to ensure stability and permanency for children and their families.

Large-scale social change requires cross-sector collaboration. The Collective Impact model brings nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public together around a common agenda to create community impact.

Successful collective impact involves five conditions that result in community alignment and lead to powerful results:

  • Common Agenda
  • Shared Measurement
  • Mutually Reinforcing Activities
  • Continuous Communication
  • Backbone Support

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