The Florida Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Impact Project focuses on improving the developmental health of infants and young children by supporting place-based community initiatives through a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach. The CoIIN is a multidisciplinary team that fosters collaboration and coordination among agencies and community residents. A team at the University of South Florida conducted an independent evaluation of the ECCS Impact Project in Liberty City (LC), Miami, Florida, starting with a community assessment to gain a better understanding of local assets, needs and priorities. This community assessment was completed in collaboration with LC ECCS. Across the first two years of the initiative, the community assessment included methods such as geographic information system mapping; attending and planning meetings; conducting focus groups with parents, residents, and community providers; engaging in virtual and walking tours; and hosting interactive mapping workshops. The multimethod approach contributed to a community assessment that was comprehensive and holistic and that encompassed multiple perspectives. Results of the process included authentic engagement across community sectors and levels of influence and learning and reflection on community strengths, resources, and priorities to facilitate organization for positive change.
- Alternative title
Interactive Mapping: A Method for Engaged Community Assessment
- Journal title
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
- Date submitted
19 July 2022
- Additional information
Acknowledgement: We thank the ECCS leadership - Ghia Kelly, Allison Parish, and Carol Brady - as well as the community team in Liberty City, Miami for their collaboration in this work. This project is supported by the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions ECCS Impact Project, funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.