We recently met with a group of foster home resource staff and had them imagine what success looked like for children and foster families and themselves. They had to generate what a child or a family would feel or say in a perfect future. What was really striking to me was the messages and wishes of hope and resilience that came out of that exercise. Instead of thinking about what was wrong with the system, we changed the narrative to what success/the future could or would look like and then how can we all get there. It really opened up some great conversations and shifted the mindset to a hope framework and I can see how this kind of web-based tool could change the conversation in social services. Can others think about how this web-based tool could be used in other domains beyond home visiting? It might open up a few other ways of thinking about how to design this and frame it for practioners working with children and families in a lot of different capacities.
One thing I wondered about our approach in the ideation phase is what are some meaningful ways or approaches to have families involved in this process in addition to home visiting practioners? Specifically, what are innovative, creative ways that others have involved families with children in the process for ideation and human centered design around a resiliency suite like this? How would families be involved in their own conversations about resiliency - are there other domains beyond what we have identified that resonate with how an individual defines resiliency? I'm excited to include families in UpRose!