One Girl Many Systems (OGMS) Project
The project goal is to use the voice of girls to support community stakeholders to develop solutions that prevent girls with status offenses from falling deeper into the juvenile justice system. Our project will inform community led interventions and resource development to reduce the rate of unnecessary confinement and support girls’ ongoing success. We center our work in Tacoma and Pierce County because there is a higher number of girls with status offenses compared to other places in Washington state.
Washington state team Ann Muno (The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State), Dr. Sarah Veele (Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families), and Dr. Arina Gertseva (Washington State Center for Court Research) lead the project. The team will work with community stakeholders across systems to solve persistent school and health challenges that impact girls in Pierce. Need more information? Contact Ann Muno: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.769.7837.
Using a race-equity approach and lens, the team will replicate the Community Framework for System Change Framework, which was successfully developed by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Florida. During the 18-month process, we will:
Conduct secondary data analysis
Form Advisory Steering Committee
Host Listening Sessions
Convene a Task Force
Host “Raise Awareness” Event
Conduct Community Needs Assessment
Review Policy & Practices
Prioritize Needs with Community
Create a Strategic Plan
What Do We Mean When We Say We Use a Race Equity Approach**?
Consider Impact: We consider racial differences in who experiences the benefits and burdens of a program, policy or practice. We work to provide equity data so decisions can be made based on the current landscape of who is experiencing the benefits and burdens.
Work toward a Shared Definition of Equity: We do not assume we are all on the same page in understanding the definition of equity, and work to establish a common understanding of equity.
Challenge Power Imbalances in the Change Process: We talk explicitly about race and implicit bias among stakeholders, practice cultural humility as a core value in the process and consider how stakeholder opportunities are created.
Community Engagement: A race equity approach means we ask: how have communities been engaged? Are there opportunities to expand engagement? We do not consult data or literature alone to assume how a program, policy or practice might impact a community. Involving communities impacted by a topic, engaging community throughout all phases of a project, and maintaining clear and transparent communication as the policy or program is implemented will help produce more racially equitable results.
**Source: We base our Race Equity Approach off of the work at Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Find info on the GARE Race-Equity Toolkit here
WA State team
The Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State
Dr. Sarah Veele
Washington State Department of Children,
Youth & Families
Dr. Arina Gertseva
Washington State Center for Court Research
Need more information? Contact Ann Muno: email@example.com or 206.769.7837