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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Framing Systems Change: Relating the Parts to the Whole

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Session Number: 09 Room: Salon C

Presentation Type: symposium

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Synopsis: Achieving community-based system change is challenged by a need for frameworks that capture the complexity of these multi-level, multi-sector initiatives. This symposium will explore tools that system planners and implementers can use to put system change into practice. Presentations will focus on holistic approaches to system implementation that include frameworks for: 1) articulating clear implementation strategies; 2) understanding the system parts and interdependencies that can help leverage systems change; 3) and understanding the key systems, functions, and relationships relevant to the dissemination and implementation. The session will also present research findings related to successful system implementation.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

Session Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Introductory Comments

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Presenting: Mario Hernandez

All Authors for this paper: Mario Hernandez

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The field of children’s mental health field, as viewed through the lens of systems of care, needs ways to conceptualize and support system development in the service of quality system change within communities. Better conceptualization of system development and system change supports the creation of a research agenda that will contribute understanding regarding how communities bring about successful transformation as well as the associated underlying mechanisms for change. An important avenue to conceptualize change and how it occurs is to learn from successful communities. In this manner, community innovations can inform research in order to bridge the large practice to research gap.

The Value of Systems Thinking in Complex Community Change

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Presenting: Pennie Foster-Fishman

All Authors for this paper: Pennie Foster-Fishman

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: In recent years, the need for transformative shifts in our neighborhoods, communities, educational, and service delivery systems has become a call to action for many funders, academics, and change agents. While numerous efforts aimed at promoting significant social change have been pursued, few have achieved what was needed or promised. While there are many explanations for why these initiatives have struggled, this presentation will focus on how a systems thinking framework can improve the design, implementation, and efficacy of transformative change efforts. Particular attention will be given to the value of this framework to efforts that target change within human service delivery systems, such as system of care efforts.

Systems of Care and the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation

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Presenting: Abraham Wandersman; Brigitte Manteuffel

All Authors for this paper: Abraham Wandersman; Brigitte Manteuffel; Freda Brashears

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Synopsis: Systems of care are complex systems with multiple ambitious goals that can benefit from practice based evidence developed by the community and from evidence-based practices developed by researchers. There is a need for new frameworks that use knowledge from research to practice models and from evolving community-centered models. In this presentation, we discusst the Interactive Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation (ISF) that uses aspects of research to practice models and of community-centered models.

Factors in System of Care Development

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Presenting: Sharon Hodges

All Authors for this paper: Sharon Hodges

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: What factors contribute to the development of local systems of care? Are there certain processes or mechanisms that are fundamental the system of care implementation? This presentation will present cross-site findings of a 5-year national study of system of care implementation. Strategies that communities undertake in implementing community-based systems of care will be discussed. In addition, how certain implementation factors support opportunities to create change in local service systems for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families will be discussed.