A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: 10 Reasons Why You Should Use Graphic Facilitation To Advance Community Change Efforts

By Edwin Ferran   In today’s human and social sector worlds, terms such as ‘collective impact’ and ‘systems change’ have become ubiquitous. I have found that helping stakeholders visualize the systems that are the targets of change and how they will be impacted is critical to advancing toward success.   VIVA believes strongly in finding…

QRIS 2.0 in California: What’s Next?

By Karina Rivera  |  June 9th, 2015   With less than one year left in California’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant that developed and piloted regional Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) in 16 counties across California, many questions are being raised. Is the seven-element matrix that places early learning…

5 Things We Learned at the 2015 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit

By Edwin Ferran    The recent 2015 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit brought together approximately 1,000 child and family advocates, funders, elected officials, and direct service practitioners to focus on how to enhance partnerships to implement more effective system changes and better coordinate services. Five VIVA staff members attended the event—and VIVA joined community…