The Family Engagement in Systems Tools


Family Engagement at the Systems Level: A Framework for Action

The value of incorporating families’ lived experience in systems-level activities is well understood by health care providers and policymakers. However, little detail exists about what information and supports are needed to assist families and professionals throughout the process of engaging with families. In this article, Family Voices presents a framework for meaningful family engagement, developed through a review of peer-reviewed publications and grey literature, key informant interviews, and collaboration with a Family/Professional Expert Workgroup.

Issue Brief: A Framework for Assessing Family Engagement

Learn about the four domains of family engagement and the key criteria that support meaningful family engagement in systems-level initiatives.

Literature Review: Family Engagement in Systems

An environmental scan of peer-reviewed and white papers that describe systems that are currently engaging families in systems-change.

Moving Beyond the Family Engagement Check Box: An Innovative Partnership to Promote Authentic Family Engagement in Systems Change

By Family Voices and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). Provides an example of the use of the Family Engagement in Systems Framework to engage families in a national initiative to transform pediatric practice and improve the social and emotional development of young children in the national Pediatrics Supporting Parents (PSP) initiative to promote the social and emotional development (SED) of young children.

The Family Voices Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Tools: Case Studies to Highlight Three Uses of the Tools

This publication includes background information about the FESAT, and profiles three organizations that used the FESAT to ensure meaningful family engagement in systems change.

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With families at the center of health care, all children and youth reach their full potential and health disparities are eliminated.

Our Mission

Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families—including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.

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