OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

Foundational Frameworks Why? How? What?

Our Kids Network is an organization dedicated to promoting the well-being and healthy development of children and youth. Through research and collaboration, we work to identify and address factors that positively influence the lives of children and youth. By utilizing key frameworks to guide our efforts, we support professionals in their work with families, children and youth, helping to strengthen relationships and create positive outcomes.

Why? The Halton 7 Population Results

Our vision is that all children and youth thrive. To help achieve this mission, we established the Halton 7, which are the seven evidence-based conditions that support the wellbeing of children, youth, families and their communities.

By focusing on these seven conditions, we work to provide the necessary data and resources to help children and families overcome challenges and achieve their full potential. Our ultimate goal is to build stronger, healthier communities where every child can succeed

How? Results Based Accountability (RBA), Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and Asset-Building

Our Kids Network is dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities in a smart and disciplined way. We use results based accountability, knowledge mobilization and asset-building to ensure all children and youth thrive.

Results Based Accountability (RBA) is a framework that we use to plan our actions strategically. We begin by identifying the outcomes we want to achieve, and then work backwards to determine the steps we need to take to make those outcomes a reality. In Halton, we focus on the ‘Halton 7’, which are conditions that support the well-being of children, families, and communities.

At Our Kids Network, we believe in the importance of knowledge mobilization. This involves making research and knowledge accessible, understandable, and useful to knowledge users, with the aim of improving outcomes for children and families. Knowledge mobilization is about more than just sharing information – it also involves actively engaging knowledge users and evaluating the effectiveness of our efforts.

We also believe in the importance of instilling developmental assets in children and youth. These are positive experiences, qualities, and skills that help young people grow up to be healthy, responsible, and successful adults. By promoting these assets, we can support the well-being and success of young people in our community.

What? Collective Impact

We are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. We know that working together is the best way to achieve our goals. Collective Impact involves bringing together partners and the community to identify challenges, set shared goals, and coordinate our actions. By working together and sharing what we learn, we can make a bigger and more lasting impact than we could alone.

Frameworks and Strategies to Support Coordination, Collaboration, and Planning

We use different planning methods and strategies to support positive experiences that impact how children learn and develop. We also make sure to put our knowledge into practice, so we can make a real difference in the lives of children and families. By combining our efforts and using what we know, we can create a better future for all children.

Collective Impact

Framework and strategies for identifying and defining the challenge(s) to be addressed, actively coordinating our actions and sharing lessons learned.

OKN Collective Impact Structure

In 2013, OKN formalized our commitment by adopting a structured “Collective Impact” approach to achieving common goals.

Results Based Accountability

Disciplined way of thinking and taking action collectively. Begin with the end result in mind and work backwards, step by step, towards the means.

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Toolkit

Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health Resources knowledge and tools to mobilize knowledge, and ultimately improve outcomes for children, youth and families.

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