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Our mission is to promote healthy development, security and safety of all children, youth and families through collective action.

Our Kids Network's growth and progress since 1996.

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OKN structure, partners and approach to working together in less than a page.

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OKN timeline 1996 to 2018

Learn about our protocol partners and Halton agencies that provide leadership and support through active participation with OKN.

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Infographic showing the connections and relationships within the Collective Impact model, includes committee descriptions.

More than 200 people in early learning and care; libraries; child, youth and family services; and public, education, mental health, and children’s services sectors, and more connect through OKN.

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Backbone structure of OKN and descriptions of the roles the eight protocol partner organizations play.

OKN has adopted systems and frameworks to ensure that we can consistently identify and act on issues, so agencies and individuals can be in sync, supportive and effective in reaching the best possible solutions for children, youth and their families.

Overview of taking a Collective Impact approach to achieving common goals.

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Pre-conditions, conditions and roles to achieve collective impact.

Infographic of Asset-Building framework in Halton.

Policy to guide and support OKN committees in developing their own specific plans to engage families/caregivers based on the core set of family engagement principles and continuum.

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Organizational self-assessment tool on functioning and capacity of the collaborative process.

Every two years, OKN uses the Partnership Self- Assessment Tool (PSAT) to gather information from committees. It helps measure factors known to strengthen capacity to function in an integrated manner.

OKN applies this to our projects and initiatives

OKN is committed to active and meaningful engagement of youth and adults within youth serving organizations across Halton. This policy ensures continuity and guides the process.

Our data reveals successes, challenges and planning for the future.

The OKN Data Portal gives us access to a large inventory of health, safety, education, Census, and community-level data data. Map data, add your own data for comparision and planning

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Health, safety, education, Census, and community-level data from 2004 to 2011, other reports on young children, youth and families, plus resources such as RBA and data use and interpretation.

Our Kids Network continually develops tools and resources to help the community support children and youth and lead us to meaningful results through collective action.

Resources and information covering the broad scope of Developmental Assets (DA), incuding organizational orientation, communicating about DA, child and youth engagement, evaluation and more.

Searchable online database of programs and services geared to strengthening and enhancing parenting knowledge and skills.

Tools and resources to support communication and knowledge mobilization.

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Key messages for discussion, creating presentations, and learning about Our Kids Network.

For use when communicating on behalf of OKN.

Annual reports outlining the collective action of Our Kids Network committees and working groups.

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Head Heart Hands: Research and relationships in action to help kids thrive.

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Being Intentional: Using the power of research, relationships, and knowledge to help children, youth and families thrive.

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Working together towards the Halton 7.

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Celebrating the vibrant lives of Halton families.

These resources help the network ensure quality and consistency in our approach to strategies, projects and initiatives.

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Guidelines to ensure timely and accurate responses to media.

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Statement to guide and support OKN committees in recognizing and removing barriers to full participation in all its activities.

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Policy to guide and support OKN committees in developing their own specific plans to engage families/caregivers based on the core set of family engagement principles and continuum.

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Policy to ensure the stability of the mission, initiatives, employment, and ongoing operations of the organization.

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Policy to assist Our Kids Network members and Community partners across Halton in developing integrated pathways toward embedding youth voice and engagement strategies within youth serving organizations across Halton.

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Youth engagement continuum diagram.

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