Family Engagement and Collective Impact Initiatives: A Literature Brief

Jensen, T. M., & UNC Developmental Evaluation Team

As highlighted in a document submitted to Get Ready Guilford Initiative (GRGI) stakeholders in September 2019, bolstering family engagement and parent leadership may be critical for the successful attainment of initiative goals, namely equitable population-level change in the form of children's healthy development and school readiness. Connecting to the rich history of family engagement among service providers and organization leaders in Guilford County, this review is intended to briefly synthesize literature focused on family engagement, resulting in a general summary of (a) its rationale and (b) best practices. A core goal is to provide guidance for those who will oversee and execute efforts to engage families in the context of GRGI.