2012 Broward Children's Strategic Plan

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Broward County Children's Strategic Plan

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CSC Broward Operational

The Broward Children’s Strategic Plan impacts Broward County through a collective effort of bringing the community together with non-profits, schools, government, local businesses, youth, families, and faith-based providers around issues concerning our youth. More than 1,500 Broward partners come together in monthly committee meetings to analyze data around, and find solutions to, the community needs of our youth. Support and services are provided by its Backbone Agency, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. To learn more about the Plan and the contributions of the CSC, visit results4browardchildren.org.

Data & Results

How well are our Broward Children and Families doing?

The Children's Services Council Research and Planning Department provides data on how well our community is doing. The data sets, or Community Indicators, include trend data to let us know if we are improving, staying the same, or getting worse. For example, since the early 2000s, the rate of youth being referred for delinquency has been steadily declining. Below are links to current Community Indicators for Broward's Children and Families:

Click here to view Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

For more information, contact Sue Gallagher at sgallagher@cscbroward.org.

How well are CSC programs performing?

The Council's approach to program evaluation is comprehensive, multi-tiered and includes the following key elements:

  • How Much Did We Do and How Well Did We Do It?
    • Programmatic Monitoring, conducted by Council staff and outsourced professionals with experience unique to their fields of practice, reviews a range of service elements including fidelity to the intervention model, client/family engagement, program effectiveness, cultural sensitivity, funding utilization and analysis of overall service delivery and documentation.
    • Administrative Monitoring, conducted by experienced Council staff accountants, reviews the fiscal aspects of the contract, including budget-to-actual, inventory verification, background screening compliance, insurance, audit compliance and invoice accuracy and back-up documentation.
    • Client Satisfaction, conducted by Council staff, is determined through individual, random client surveys in person and/or by phone.
  • Is Anybody Better Off?
    • Performance measurement, conducted by experienced Council research analysts, begins with establishing appropriate targets based on national studies and baseline data collected over time.  Performance measurement is evaluated using a variety of designs including validated pre/post-test measurement tools, single point administration and surveys to determine program effectiveness and provide data for comparison with local, state and national indicators.

Click here to view 2012-2013 Annual Performance Evaluation Reports

Data-Driven Decision Making

The Council uses Community Indicator data and program performance evaluation data to inform the funding allocations for each fiscal year. The Budget Book is prepared every year for the May Budget Retreat. The Book consists of Community Indicator data, program performance results, demographic data, GIS zip code maps showing funding and numbers served, accomplishments and testimonials and return on investment research.

Click here to view the 2013-2014 CSC Budget Book

For more information, contact Gloria Putiak at gputiak@cscbroward.org

Community Indicators Consortium

CSC of Broward: A Real Story of Community Indicators-Performance Measures Integration-Community Indicators Consortium.

Click here to learn more

Program Reports

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SNAC (Special Needs Advisory Coalition) | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The Children’s Services Council has been at the forefront in funding programming for children and youth with physical, developmental or behavioral health needs since its inception. In 2004, the Council commissioned Broward County’s Business Plan for Children with Special Needs which became the impetus for establishing a stakeholder group known as the Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC). The SNAC has been instrumental in advocating for system improvements and reducing service gaps.

Primary POC: Marissa Aquino | maquino@cscbroward.org

2-1-1 Broward General Hotline | 2-1-1 Broward
2-1-1 or 954-537-0211

2-1-1 Broward, an information & referral line, provides a 24-hour, comprehensive help line and support service for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. An impressive database of information is used to provide community callers with current, relevant information regarding a wide variety of services within the community. All calls are toll-free, confidential and anonymous from anywhere in Broward County.

Capacity Building Mini Grants | Children's Services Council of Broward County

Infrastructure building support is provided to local child and family serving nonprofit organizations through our annual Capacity Buildings Mini Grants. Through a competitive grant process, local organizations are awarded funding for capacity building projects, professional business coaching and or fundraising support each year.

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille | aducille@cscbroward.org

Cribs for Kids | Heathy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County

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Primary POC: Ashley Sturm | asturm@hmhbbroward.org | 954-765-0550 ext. 339

CSC Sponsored Trainings | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The CSC offers quality and affordable training workshops for professionals serving children and families in Broward County. Each session is led by instructors that are highly qualified and experienced in their field to provide an optimal learning environment. CEU’s are also offered for many of the completed courses. For a training calendar and to register, please visit our website at training.cscbroward.org.

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille | aducille@cscbroward.org

Drowning Prevention | Florida Department of Health in Broward County

Drowning Prevention is a collaborative community effort driven by the Drowning Prevention Task Force. In 2009, the Children’s Services Council allocated funding to support a full-time coordinator housed at the Broward County Health Department who provides insight and accountability for the implementation of the Drowning Prevention Action Plan.
Task Force members create a culture throughout Broward that infuses drowning prevention methodologies, practices, and messages that directly impact families with young children.

Early Literacy Interventions | Reading & Math, Inc.

Reading & Math, Inc., through a partnership with Broward County Public Schools, is implementing the Reading Corps program in Broward County. Florida Reading Corps tutors serve Broward County’s most at-risk students with targeted early literacy interventions. Reading Corps screens all students at designated schools to identify children who are behind on early literacy skills, and develop individualized tutoring plans to meet each child’s needs.

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