From Knowledge to Action: Using Brain Story Science to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families in Alberta

NORC at the University of Chicago

Evaluation Report

Palix Foundation, August 2020

In 2019, the Palix Foundation planned and hosted convening symposia in Edmonton (November 25 – 26, 2019) and Calgary (January 16 – 17, 2020) called "From Knowledge to Action: Using Brain Story Science to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families in Alberta". Attended by more than 200 leaders, practitioners, and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines (92 in Edmonton, 109 in Calgary), these events were designed to achieve four objectives: 

1. Identify and share emerging, promising, and leading brain story-aligned practices that are being implemented at the individual/front line, program, organization, and community/system level, and their impact. 

2. Using local exemplars, discuss how context and process can support the initiation and sustainability of new brain story-aligned practice change. 

3. Explore how brain story science can inform the development of new indicators and outcomes, and how to evaluate them. 

4. Build collective will and leadership to mobilize and implement brain story science to promote better interagency collaboration and integrated service pathways both within and across sectors, as well as other brain science-aligned administrative and legislative policy changes to improve population outcomes.

 

This report summarizes the proceedings of these convenings. 


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