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Growing Resilient Communities 2.0, ACEs Science Presentation Survey & Community Milestones Survey


Hello awesome Resilient Placer people! It was wonderful to meet with you today! I wanted to follow up with you on the debut of our new guidelines and tools — Growing Resilient Communities 2.0 — and our new tool, the AC Community Tracker (here’s a link to the Sonoma County, CA, Community Tracker), I wanted to let you know about them.

The Community Tracker helps a local initiative measure its progress, and the guidelines provide information about and tools for how to organize an initiative and the basic activities of an initiative. Here’s an overview: Launching or growing an ACEs initiative? We’ve got an app (& tools & guidelines) for that!!

Here’s a link to all the posts relevant to it:

And here’s a run-down of how its parts fit together:

After several years of watching and working with communities (cities, counties, states) across the U.S., we heard the appeal for guidelines and tools to help communities start and/or grow their ACEs initiatives. We had originally put together a loose set of guidelines called the Roadmap to Resilience, but a few months after posting that in 2015, it was clear that communities wanted something more. So, three weeks ago — after about 1.5 years of thinking, talking, testing — we rolled out Growing Resilient Communities 2.0.

There are two main parts to GRC 2.0. One that focuses on how to organize an ACEs initiative (including the red flags that point to practices that communities have discovered will put a halt to or seriously delay their  efforts):

Organizing your ACEs initiative: Steps to growing a resilient community

And the second part focuses on what ACEs initiatives do: educate their community, engage community members in the local ACEs initiative, activate every organization to becoming trauma-informed, and celebrate their progress by telling their stories, gathering and publishing data, and hosting ACEs summits. (I’ve attached the infographic for reference; it’s included in the post, as is a link to an interactive version.):

Growing Resilient Communities 2.0

GRC 2.0

Communities need to measure the progress of their ACEs initiative, so we developed a web app for that. It tracks the presentations a local ACEs initiative does (presenter, date, number of people, organization receiving the presentation, sector and subsector), and the progress of organizations along 11 milestones as they become trauma-informed.

People who do ACEs science 101 presentations fill out a Google form, and the data from that gets dumped into our database, from which we populate the community’s tracker. To become listed on the community’s organizational tracker, organizations fill out a Google form, and that data also gets dumped into a database. ACEs Connection community facilitators work with communities to update this data monthly.

The first community to use it is Sonoma County, CA. You can look at Sonoma County ACEs Connection to see their Community Tracker. (We also have developed a planning spreadsheet that captures 95% of the sectors and subsectors in communities, as well as a demographic filter that helps local ACEs initiatives make sure they’re reaching out to everyone in the community.)

These tools are available for any community to use for free!

To access the ACEs Science Presentations Survey, click here.

To access the Community Milestones Survey, click here.

Please let me know if your community is interested in filling out the surveys, please let me know so we can keep an eye out for your responses. 

We’ll be developing other tools next year, including identifying data from one sector that may be a proxy for two or three other data types (e.g., if a trauma-informed school no longer suspends or expels students, there should be a drop in juvenile crime as well as visits by youth to hospital emergency departments). If we can help communities track their progress along five to 10 data types that represent the community’s overall progress toward health, that will be very useful for that community to obtain ongoing support and funding.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share another blog post with you that has more information about the Community Tracker Milestones: It has some great info on how the survey was created. Please let me know if you have any further questions!

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