upROSE: Understanding and Promoting Resilience in Families with Young Children
upROSE is a dynamic app to drive early childhood practitioners' identification of family strengths, hope, and resilience.
Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)
Feedback, discussion with mentors, and utilization of other resources from IDEO have significantly improved and deepened our original concept of upROSE.
We have added a storyboard to better explain how end users will interact with the app in a home setting. We are working on adding information to our submission about the significance of upROSE for data collection and measurement that validates the scales we plan to test. And we are working to be more mindful about how we talk about upROSE as a game-changer for home visitors, ensuring that we acknowledge the significant, positive impact home visitors are already having for families while proposing that the need for more practical tools like upROSE is an impediment for taking strengths-based research to practice on a large scale.
During discussions with partners working in home visiting, we are learning that by conducting assessments and discussing the results with parents very early during service delivery, families are more likely to be engaged. Based on this feedback, we will develop materials for home visitors to facilitate conversations about the tools in upROSE. Families will have immediate feedback about their profile and leave the first meetings with a tangible depiction of their strengths.
A focus on hope and resilience resonated with many commenters on the IDEO platform who work across the lifespan. We will continue to develop relationships with these new-found partners who use hope and resilience strategies in their work with individuals and families.
Commenters also underscored the need to explore the context surroundings of potential users of upROSE by looking at identifies, beliefs, and capabilities. We will incorporate HCD and complexity methods throughout prototyping and piloting. We are exploring SenseMaker http://cognitive-edge.com/sensemaker as a tool to gather experiences of individuals and allow them to make meaning of their own experiences. A tool such as SenseMaker would greatly expand the reach beyond small focus groups.
We have had several enlightening discussions with mentors, team members, and commenters on our submission around the ideas of cultural sensitivity and systemic inequalities. Our initial approach was primarily based at the individual level - and did not necessarily consider intersections of class, race, culture or other structural realities. We believe the ongoing development of the application, and the information collected through its use will provide a unique opportunity to better understand how systemic inequalities affect the lives of families and children.
The IDEO Challenge has also highlighted the importance that the tool grow beyond measurements on a scale. Scores measure only one dimension and do not define a person.
Additionally, several commenters were outside the US, suggesting a universal convergence around hope and resilience.
To incorporate these aspects into the project requires:
*Ongoing measurement analyses of the scales across diverse groups (race/ethnicity, gender, community, etc.) to see if similar or different constructs are captured across those groups. Analysis and adjustment would continue throughout the life of upROSE, illustrating the need for additional staff and resources for maintenance.
*Qualitative data collection to better understand people's conceptualizations of constructs like hope and resiliency. Value and belief systems will affect the way the tool is received by the very people we are trying to help.
*Tool design that accommodates the fluid nature of the measurement scales. User interface should allow for adding and subtracting of measurement scales as we learn more.
*Cultivation of relationships and exploration of international partnerships to work toward global scalability.
Name or Organization
The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) at the University of Kansas.
We provide backbone support for early childhood initiatives by partnering with state and local agencies and nonprofits in several states, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
CPPR is located in Lawrence, Kansas at the main campus of the University of Kansas.
What is your stage of development?
Advanced Innovator with 3 to 10+ years of experience in ECD
What is the stage of your proposal?
Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)
Home visiting – a service that meets families where they are (literally and figuratively) - is an intervention that works. Research proves it, and there’s bipartisan support. Home visitors are making a difference, but what if we could amplify what works by providing a visual depiction of how strong families are from the moment a home visitor walks in the door? What if there was a tool that helped show parents their resilience skills using real data and offered resources to help leverage those skills? Would this enhancement make a difference for how families view and engage in services?
Select an Innovation Target
Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources.
Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)
UpROSE is a mobile app and website offering a suite of resources, tools, and assessments that provide families with individualized Resilience Profiles. These profiles and tools support home visiting models using a two-generation approach to address risk characteristics. Home visitors use upROSE to amplify strengths-based approaches by: 1) quickly understanding a parent’s past experiences using the ACEs questionnaire (an indicator of Adverse Childhood Experiences such as emotional or physical abuse), 2) developing human-centered interventions with resilience as a change-making tool, and 3) empowering individuals and families to understand their ACEs score and their Resilience Profile in tandem to develop goals for how they parent. We believe upROSE will give home visitors critical information to build on families’ strengths from Day One, and that engaging with the tool will help parents see their own strengths as just as important and tangible as their challenges. This will ultimately improve engagement and retention in services, a common challenge in home visiting.
In addition to acting as a game-changing practice tool for home visitors, upROSE gathers valuable data to further the field of strength-based early childhood services. While much has been made of the efficacy of resilience, hope, and growth mindset in recent years, research on these topics is still in its infancy. UpROSE will collect the data necessary to develop, test, and use new, strength-based interventions.
What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)
Adverse childhood experiences (such as abuse, neglect, parental conflict, or other kinds of household dysfunction) have a long-lasting impact on individuals, and can be transferred from one generation to the next. upROSE may provide a lever in breaking the cycle by focusing on strengths, shifting mindsets, and using hope and resilience strategies to envision a brighter future with concrete pathways to get there. Family service delivery needs more tools that use a strengths-based approach.
Explain your idea (5000 characters)
UpROSE is an innovative, family-centered app aimed at improving child well-being. Human Centered Design (HCD) is critical for success. We will work in phases to develop the upROSE platform using the HCD framework--Inspiration, Ideation, and Implementation.
PHASE I - Inspiration. We will conduct listening sessions, focus groups and explore other complexity facilitation methods to explore upROSE from the inside out and learn how home visitors and families understand the concepts in upROSE and how they would engage with the tool. We will learn more about current practice approaches, including how deficits and strengths are defined and what ignites positive relationships with families. Just as critical as speaking with home visitors will be engaging with families of young children, especially those who would qualify for home visiting services due to risk characteristics. We want to understand directly from families what gets them excited about services and makes them feel confident that they can influence their child’s future?
The experiences of home visitors and the families they serve will influence the process of testing and developing assessments that measure hope, mindset, strengths, and protective factors. We will rely on these stakeholders to tell us what we've missed and to identify opportunities we have yet to explore. We will draw from our current cross-state partners to identify home visitors with a history of innovation and early adoption and families who are willing to share their experiences about how they might use an app like upROSE or if it has relevance for them at all. If not, we will iterate until we have a set of concepts, needs, and possibilities that resonates with families and home visitors.
PHASE II - Ideation. The ideation phase will have two distinct processes. First, we will assess existing tools and measures from our literature reviews and from contributors to our idea to determine whether or not they fit our understanding of end user needs and goals (as gleaned during the Inspiration phase). These are the tools which will shine a light on a family’s resilience, hope, mindset, and protective factors, as well as ACEs. With input from home visitors, we will determine whether these assessments ask the right questions and measure the human characteristics we hope to highlight. If they don’t, we will adapt, refine, and develop new tools and partner with others to ensure that the tools are culturally relevant and aligned with strengths.
Second, we will begin to build a prototype of upROSE. Through the upROSE website and app, practitioners will access a variety of resilience tools, assessments, and dashboards that generate family Resilience Profiles. We envision a web-based application that home visitors, and eventually other family support professionals, can easily use on a mobile tablet during visits. As these two ideation processes unfold, we will invite partners to test the platform, while we modify and enhance the application. The iterative nature of this phase will continue until we have identified a prototype that addresses the input received. Several mock-ups displaying the first design of the upROSE user interface are attached to this section. Additionally, we developed and attached a storyboard to show a visual depiction of how upROSE could be used during a home visit with a family.
PHASE III - Implementation. Once we have a functioning prototype, we will develop an implementation plan with pilot sites that includes training and technical assistance for the following: 1) how to use strengths and resilience-based approaches in early childhood service delivery, 2) how to use the app, and 3) best practices for collecting and using data. This initial implementation phase offers an opportunity to scale the system strategically and allows for us to anticipate needed tweaks and enhancements likely to surface when the application becomes widespread. Our experience with scaling two other applications (i.e., DAISEY and IRIS) will inform this initial implementation strategy.
While we have described the potential reach of this product in other sections, we realize that full, large-scale implementation will come in the future beyond this initial implementation phase.
Taking this stage-based approach provides us with the structure to remain flexible to the needs of the end users, and open to ideas beyond our own. We will consider our idea successful and achieving its purpose if, through this process, upROSE is adopted and embraced.
Who benefits? (1500 characters)
Positive relationships between families and service providers are critical to make a difference for people in need, and upROSE helps strengthen these relationships, leading to better outcomes and forging pathways of hope and resilience. UpROSE will benefit three groups close to our mission – home visitors, parents of young children, and ultimately children ages 0-3. While families in need may receive services from many different practice fields (e.g., healthcare, mental health, child welfare, child care, early childhood home visiting), upROSE will initially be piloted with families receiving voluntary early childhood home visiting.
For over a decade, CPPR has supported innovation and research within early childhood home visiting programs. We count home visitors and other practitioners among our closest and most important colleagues. We also have a shared value in family – we are mothers and fathers, and aunts and uncles (no grandparents yet!), and people who seek to leave this world a better place than we found it for children and families. We know firsthand that every family is complex, that risk is not static, but rather a stage we all go through as life presents challenges. Every family is valuable and deserves respect and support. It’s core to our work that families and those providing support to them benefit from our efforts. These working relationships have led to similar work, like upROSE, building and implementing apps and online learning platforms.
What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)
The current state of early childhood service provision in America often requires families to qualify for services based on risk factors and characteristics. This systemic restraint sets the stage for deficits-based approaches. Home visitors who value and are naturally inclined to work from a strengths-based perspective face an uphill battle to flip the script if deficits are their starting point. Moreover, the tools home visitors have at their disposal are not doing enough to help them in this regard. Some may even work against them. UpROSE will catalyze immediate illumination of family strengths, providing home visitors with tools and resources to uncover family social supports, sources of hope, and resiliency.
What if we developed tools which honored home visitors’ natural proclivities toward a strengths approach? What could be achieved with more holistic approaches that inspire and give confidence to identify alternate pathways toward family’s goals? What if families with young children had concrete tools and resources for building on the positive so that they can grow and thrive? Evidence supports flipping the script in this way. Taking a positive, strength-based approach has been shown to improve social networks, enhance well-being, and increase retention. This approach empowers families to cope with adversity and is associated with academic success and life satisfaction. Despite its promise, strengths-based approaches are not widespread in early childhood.
How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)
UpRose predominantly benefits low-income children because they are a target population of evidence-based home visiting: nearly three-quarters (74%) of the 160,000 children and families served in 2016 lived below 100% of the Federal Poverty threshold. Studies have shown that home visiting achieves the best gains when serving low-income families. Reaching low income children is so critical that federal investments in evidence-based home visiting require examining multiple socio-ecological levels to ensure programs reach families most in need. At the community level, federal home visiting programs are currently serving families in 893 counties across the country. The process to determine these communities required state applicants to examine all communities within a state and identify those most at risk who could benefit most from home visiting. As a result of these needs assessments, a quarter of all U.S. counties implement the federal home visiting program.
Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (5000 characters)
For this early childhood challenge, we bring with us both a disruptive mindset, and the experience and resources to take the latest and most innovative research to practice. We aim to build upon an approach that we already know works, and through HCD, make that approach the most widespread and effective strategy employed in the field. Over and over again, we've witnessed home visitor, parent, and child success as families move toward change using a strengths-based frame. Given that promise of success, we believe we owe it to our colleagues and the families they serve, to equip them with accessible tools and a plethora of resources to truly move the needle both individually and system-wide. The disruption, then, happens at the nexus of technology at-the-finger-tips, and actionable data and insight gleaned from fast-growing adoption of that same technological tool.
For some, disruption may mean upROSE will be the catalyst for making a wide left turn, significantly changing how they think, behave, learn, and go about their day-to-day interactions with families. For others, upROSE is simply the tool they've been waiting for all along to enable them to work faster, better, and with more hope for the futures of the families they serve.
Significantly, the data produced through widespread use of upROSE will provide researchers the opportunity to establish the validity and reliability of resilience assessments for the field, and develop an evidence base on the co-occurrence of ACEs and resilience to better understand how individuals overcome adversity and build resilience.
upROSE will be the first of its kind and is poised to be a game-changer for family support professionals everywhere. As such, upROSE will be what Harvard Business Review calls a “catalytic innovation,” by "approaching social-sector problems in a fundamentally new way and creating scalable, sustainable, systems-changing solutions."
Clayton M. Christensen, Heiner Baumann, Rudy Ruggles, Thomas M. Sadtler. "Disruptive Innovation for Social Change." Harvard Business Review. N.p., 31 July 2014. Web. 14 Feb. 2018.
Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)
Home visiting is increasingly acting as an important access point to families of young children, particularly those who would otherwise be difficult to reach. The federal government invested considerable funding to expand evidence-based early childhood home visiting programs in the last decade. Over the past 5 years alone, 3.3 million home visits occurred. While this figure certainly is impressive, it may actually under-represent the complete reach and scale of home visiting, as many states have invested heavily on their own, in addition to federal initiatives. While our idea has a market potential to reach hundreds of thousands of service providers and families with young children, there are two barriers to scaling we have considered.
First, scaling out toward market saturation would require us to build relationships with states outside our current portfolio of partners. We currently provide statewide data systems and implementation support for four states receiving federal home visiting funds with a fifth state likely to join this year. These state partnerships provide a model for further scaling.
Second, scaling deep--producing a robust, high-quality, high-demand product--is reliant on significant financial support for sustainability. We have, however, considerable experience taking ideas to scale--including three other technological innovations--using limited financial resources by inspiring a shared vision among partners.
Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)
CPPR has a cross-disciplinary staff of 60 social workers, psychologists, educators, and sociologists devoted to navigating social change efforts. Staff specialize in three areas of expertise: 1) social innovation, 2) data science, and 3) research and evaluation. Many within CPPR view upROSE as an amalgam of all these areas of expertise, and as such, upROSE has generated widespread support and excitement within CPPR including individuals at the director level, senior staff level, and junior staff level with capacity to devote to this idea. The prospective team to carry out the development of upROSE will draw on these areas of expertise and our diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds.
In addition to the considerable strengths of our own staff, we currently partner with two information technology organizations to support software programming and engineering, system architecture, database administration, operational support of hardware and software, and quality assurance testing. The team CPPR dedicates to upROSE will be responsible for defining user expectations and business cases to technology partners, completing user acceptance testing of application and system iterations, and interfacing with end users to train and implement.
In addition to our staff and technical capabilities, we have also already engaged one focus group of early childhood service providers and program leaders to provide preliminary feedback and generate further inspiration. This group was made up of a range of child maltreatment prevention professionals, including direct service staff, researchers, technical assistance coordinators, and leadership. Group members provided us with thoughtful feedback which has already shaped our understanding of upROSE’s potential. Among the questions they raised was how we would frame resilience and protective factors in a way that wouldn’t be perceived by end-users as simply the opposite of risk factors. We were most struck by their response when we asked them about how they approach early childhood work from a strengths-perspective. Their answer was simple, but we feel it provides the strongest case for our idea: “We say we’re strengths-based, but we’re really not.” They told us that service providers want a strengths-based approach, and in fact many learned about the perspective in college. Unfortunately, in practices, the tools and resources they have available are often focused on deficits. This insight drives us to pursue upROSE, and gives us confidence that this tool will meet an important need in early childhood service provision.
Additionally, we met with a regional child and family-serving organization in the midwest that has echoed the need for concrete tools to allow staff to do strengths-based practice - not just at a theoretical level, but by fundamentally changing interactions with children and families.
Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (5000 characters)
The upROSE business model is built on 4 S’s: Seed, Sell, Scale, and Sustain. We’re seeking seed money to support the facilitation of Human Centered Design approaches, and to support tech costs for initial application development. This ensures that no partner seeking to use upROSE has to shoulder start-up costs. The truth is, although we haven’t started development of the application yet, we’ve noticed that as we talk about the idea to home visiting and family support organizations, it seems to sell itself. CPPR provides professional development and organizational mindset shift work around a strengths-based model, and engagement around hope and resilience, to a variety of early childhood and maternal and child health partners including home visiting programs. During national conference presentations and one-on-one conversations, when we discuss hope and resilience, we hear the need for and interest in an application like upROSE.
To support the scaling and sustainability of upROSE, we want to find a costing model that covers costs and allows room for updates and enhancements while keeping the cost reasonable for non-profit organizations and state agencies. We intend to pursue foundation funding as one option. Partnering with a foundation would allow us to offer and implement upROSE for large and very small organizations at a cost they could bear and sustain. If (or while) ongoing foundation support is not an option, we are committed to providing upROSE at a cost that is sustainable for the partner, while ensuring we can provide sufficient staffing to support implementation best practices. As upROSE is implemented with more and more partners, we will spread ongoing maintenance, upgrade, and technical costs among all partners, reducing the individual cost for each.
We are committed to providing a high level of implementation support for any organization wanting to use the app. As a tool to support best practice, upROSE will only be successful if users are involved in the implementation process, understand the value add of upROSE to their work, are sufficiently trained to use the tool, and are supported with adequate and ongoing technical assistance. Initial costs for implementing upROSE at any organization will include staff time to support implementation best practices and user training. Ongoing or maintenance costs for an organization post-implementation should be reduced, and will generally be limited to supporting the hard costs of the application (server hosting, application maintenance and upgrades, etc.) and some ongoing training and technical assistance support.
Based on our experience developing, selling, scaling, and sustaining other applications (i.e. DAISEY http://daiseysolutions.org, a shared measurement application used in single-community collective impact projects as well as large-scale, statewide initiatives; and IRIS http://connectwithiris.org, a community referral communication tool) we are confident in the viability of the business model we’ve described. We will apply lessons we’ve learned developing our business model for our other applications to our approach with upROSE. Unforeseen factors that may impact this business model will likely come to light as we conduct additional HCD activities, begin application development, and think through the details of implementation with partners.
Based on our experience conceptualizing, building, and implementing DAISEY and IRIS, we know there will be bumps in the road and things that force us to pause, evaluate, and pivot. On the design and development side, we will need a tech partner who understands the vision of the app and who is committed to making upROSE the best it can be for users while keeping costs reasonable. This will require creative problem solving and a real partnership. On the implementation side, data governance and client consent questions are likely to come up. Implementation will also look different depending on the type of organization and the culture of the organization- whether staff embrace technology to support their work, whether leadership buys-in to the focus on hope and resilience and potentially a new way of doing business. All of these factors may impact our business model. Our challenge will be to continue mapping them out,strategize as best we can, and adapt as necessary. We embrace a fail forward approach. We’re willing to take risks and try things, amplify what works and dampen or pivot away from what doesn’t.
We are excited to explore this business model using the Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas tools. We are confident these tools will help us refine our model and identify missing connections or orphan elements. We know securing foundation funding can be difficult without a good business model. We intend to use these tools to help us articulate and strengthen our business model.
HCD: How have you used human centered design to build or refine your concept? (5000 characters)
We are committed to ensuring that a Human Centered Design (HCD) approach is woven throughout all phases and processes of our work. The HCD framework and design thinking in general resonate with us, and as discussed in the “Explain Your Idea” section of this proposal, we will use the Exploration, Ideation, and Implementation phases as our signposts for understanding which complex social space we are in at a given time. When we are in need of direction, experiencing barriers, or downright stuck, we will fall back on HCD for guidance and forward progress. Simply put, HCD will provide the foundation on which our success stands.
We have already taken a number of actions to establish our commitment to HCD.
First, we have remained active with the OPEN-IDEO community providing comments and feedback on our proposal’s message board. One comment specifically struck and challenged us on the notion that concepts like hope, resiliency, and mindset could have vastly different connotations depending on cultural and historical contexts of the families engaged in early childhood services such as home visiting. We engaged this commenter in a session to discuss her comment in depth during which she suggested that the data collected in upROSE presents an interesting and unique opportunity to understand the meaning of these concepts on a larger scale. It becomes our responsibility to disseminate this knowledge to the broader research community and help spread diverse, non-normative ways of knowing.
Second, we recently facilitated what we called a “Moving to What Matters” inspiration session with community partners who provide critical support services to children and families in the foster care system. The purpose of this session was to inspire a shared vision and understand what success looks like from different perspectives. We relied on a facilitation technique from The Field Guide to Human Centered Design toolkit called “Sharing Inspiring Stories” to lead this session. The session included staff from all levels of this organization from frontline staff to program administrators and supervisors to organizational directors and data managers. Our facilitation team received positive feedback regarding this session and is actively pursuing conducting a similar session with families served by this organization. Please see the attached photos of the “Moving to What Matters” session.
Finally, CPPR has engaged in at least three conferences and workshops since submitting our proposal to learn more about HCD and get a general sense of peoples’ thoughts regarding upROSE. At two of these conferences, held in Washington D.C. and Lawrence, KS, CPPR staff were able to engage directly with service providers and policymakers, some of whom actually commented on our proposal message board. At another workshop, held in Buffalo, NY, two CPPR staff participated in a HCD-oriented workshop specifically focused on Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS). The objectives of this workshop were two-fold: 1) to generate an understanding of the human perspective and generate empathy for parents and children to inform the design of key features of a community system and 2) to identify, refine, and prioritize key features of a human centered ECCS system. We will rely on these staff to support HCD efforts of this project.
We also envision HCD guiding and influencing our future decision-making processes. For example, we will choose an app and software developer who is also familiar with and committed to HCD principles. Specifically, we will work to ensure upROSE is developed iteratively by identifying milestones of prototype development where the app should be put into the hands of actual end users for testing, feedback, and refinement. We’ll ensure the right people are at the right table at the right time.
Tell us more about you (3000 characters)
We have seen people overcome seemingly impossible odds. These are people who didn’t have a head start in life--who have faced poverty, systematic oppression, and adverse childhood experiences spanning generations. Some experienced maltreatment and chronic stress. Some had few, if any, positive relationships with trusted adults in their lives. For many experiencing such adversity, including ourselves, our parents, our friends, our neighbors, the natural reaction may be to fight, flee, or freeze. There is another option—freedom from these deeply ingrained responses, the ability to see what is possible, and the pathways to get there. We are committed to providing hope and resilience tools that open up a new world of possibilities for ourselves and the next generation. This is our own story AND what we want to see in the world.
When we invest in young families, we acknowledge that early childhood experiences matter. Families of young children deserve support because thoughtful intervention can prevent the transmission of adverse childhood experiences from one generation to the next. Home visiting is an exciting space for this work because early childhood presents so many opportunities - specifically the opportunity to impact multiple generations. ACEs and poverty impact both parents and their children. A universal truth is that everyone wants a better life for their child(ren). The reality is we all bring patterns of behavior with us—some we want to carry on and some we want to stop. Toxic stress experienced in the early years can be a barrier to parenting the way we want and coping with the normal challenges of raising a child.
Young children are particularly vulnerable because parental responses to toxic stress can get in the way of critical bonding between parent and child, which is fuel for infant brain development. We believe upROSE provides tools and strategies to shift mindset and give parents the confidence and ability to recognize their strengths and power to influence the life they want for their child. Uplifting parents paves the way for home visitors to help parents set achievable goals.
CPPR seeks to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families. Solving complex social problems is tough stuff, but we are up to the challenge. We began working with large-scale early childhood initiatives in 2006 and have consistently scaled this work. We support 5 states’ early childhood initiatives including 2,500 early childhood practitioners working in 500 organizations serving 140,000 families.
We’re committed to practice and technological innovations in early childhood and have the portfolio to prove it. A select list of our innovations include:
Lemonade for Life - a robust training program for early childhood service providers to identify ACEs and build hope and resilience
The Protective Factors Survey
The Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals
DAISEY and IRIS – web-based data applications
Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (600 characters)
We rely on our partnerships in pursuing our mission of optimizing the well-being of children, youth, and families. CPPR has cultivated lasting partnerships with a range of national- and state-level organizations that support families with young children. We look forward to working with partners implementing large-scale home visiting initiatives for critical early feedback and later to pilot and test prototypes. We will also to draw on a network of experts in the early childhood and prevention fields to guide us in understanding the research on resilience, including relevant assessments.
As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)
We call on all innovators who can help us make this idea a reality. As we consider our next steps, we welcome help identifying tools to build out Resilience Profiles. We’re looking for measures of resilience, hope, growth mindset, grit, or anything that could be used to amplify human strength. If you are aware of existing resources that could move this work forward, we’d love to hear from you. Maybe you have first-hand experience using these kinds of measures and can speak to how they've been used in the context of supporting families with young children. Perhaps you’re an early childhood practitioner with loads of practice wisdom; whether or not you’ve used any of these tools, and can offer suggestions on what’s worked in your practice. Maybe you’re not directly involved in early childhood but want to contribute to leaving this world a better place than you found it -- we want to hear from you. Perhaps you’ve programmed mobile apps and can offer us guidance on builds. Maybe you’re a graphic designer or visual artist and could offer recommendations for designing dashboards and communicating messages visually. We are excited to hear from all of you and hope you provide input.
Would you like mentoring support?
If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters)
We would like support from a mentor who will help us incorporate HCD practices into this project, and others in the future. As part of this process we would like assistance with ensuring our naming and branding of this project resonates with our target audience.
Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?
Yes, share my contact information
Mentorship: How was your idea supported? (5000 characters)
We were fortunate to be matched with not one, but two mentors, who truly helped take our idea to another level.
Our first mentor, Carol, gave us insight into ways that this idea could scale out to families and service areas beyond just home visiting. Specifically, she suggested this idea could serve early childhood education and preschool settings. We were particularly intrigued by Carol's suggestion to speak with Family Navigators of Head Start programs for feedback on how they might use a tool like upROSE.
Carol connected us with two potential partners to engage in the HCD process. We have reached out to these partners and are looking forward to exploring these opportunities. Carol also identified opportunities for upROSE to support family engagement and retention, and we appreciated her suggestion that upROSE could potentially be appropriate for families on waiting lists for service provision.
By the time we spoke with our second mentor, Gyanjith, we were a tad overwhelmed by the task ahead of improving this proposal. He was just the spark we needed, both by challenging us to improve and encouraging us that our proposal is strong and resonant. He challenged us to bring our idea to life. He told us about his own experience with another Open-IDEO Prize Challenge. He said our ‘why’ and passion for upROSE was compelling and came across well in the proposal. However, he believed the ‘what’ was disjointed throughout the proposal and that he had to read it a couple times to understand what upROSE actually is and would be. To support us, he gave us the tangible idea to create the storyboard to show ‘what’ upROSE really is. We agree unequivocally that this greatly improved our vision, direction, and proposal.
We cannot thank the mentors enough. We hope that each will take time to review our enhanced proposal and find elements of themselves and their contributions to it. Mentorship was time well spent.