Phase 1: Identifying Vision and Partners

It is easy to fall into the trap of designing programs to match funding. This phase is intended to avoid that pitfall and instead focus from the beginning on what you are trying to accomplish on behalf of individuals and families in your community. Before you start defining the policy, program or system reform goal, decide who needs to be involved. Depending on the scope of your braiding/blending effort, you could have anything from a small planning group of internal staff and family or youth leaders to a large community-wide collaborative with researchers, funders, providers, families, youth, and other community members. This downloadable checklist provides a set of questions and possible stakeholders or other groups you may want to consider involving in the process.