Skip to main content

Innovation Supports Workshop Series

Capacity Building

57 spots available
Don't have a code?


This is a 4-part series. 

Best Starts is excited to introduce the 2023 Innovation Supports Workshop series to support our partners in building sustainable and innovative programs that promote equitable outcomes and positive change for babies, children, families and communities. Initial program design and development will be defined throughout the workshop series. Following each large group workshop, an Innovation Supports facilitator will guide your organization in follow-up activities to complete each program element. After the workshop series individualized support with an Innovation Supports facilitator will continue to be made available. 


2023 Innovation Workshop Series

1. Introducing the IDEAS Impact Framework™ – January 17, 2023

 Join a safe and welcoming space for partners to come together in community, to build relationships, and get to know the Innovation Supports Team. We will introduce a framework which can support a continuous process of responsive program development, implementation, and learning; and support your organization to understand the basics of the language on which the framework is built on.

2. Theory of Change – February 9, 2023

Learn how to document your program innovation's Theory of Change so your organization can create a shared and deepened understanding of critical activities, the program story, and how the program works to advance equity.

3. Program Materials + Practice Profile – March 9, 2023

 Get support to build a clear blueprint of your organization’s program, with the tools and materials needed, to ensure program elements are based on community input and best practices and can best meet the needs of your communities.

4. Evaluation – April 25, 2023

Building on the progress made in previous workshops, we will create evaluation tools for your organization to continuously reflect on program progress, make adjustments to better support children and families, communicate program successes, and identify areas for growth.


Who can participate?

Individuals who are part of a design team participating in Innovation Supports through the following BSK strategies: Child Care Health Consultation, Parent-Caregiver Information Supports, and Lactation Consultation and Perinatal Supports. This team will lead all aspects of initial program design and development, including the completing all program elements (e.g. theory of change, materials, and evaluation, etc.).

What can program Innovation Design Teams expect from this opportunity?

  • 4 large group workshops
  • 4 post workshop activities led by an Innovation Supports facilitator, typically within 1 week after each workshop
  • Follow-up 1:1 support as needed
  • Active participation and group activities within innovation design teams 
  • Connections and shared learning across participating programs
  • One to One support to complete each program element (theory of change, practice profile, materials, evaluation, etc.)

All large group workshops will be provided virtually. Final start and end times will be confirmed ahead of each workshop date. If requested, there may be flexibility for post workshop activities and follow-up meetings to be held in-person.