In 2016, HMHB, began working with local early childhood coalitions (ECCs) from across the State of Montana. The coordinators of these ECCs began meeting as a group to discuss how local coalitions could work together to better achieve their shared goals and objectives. Through these conversations, it was agreed that HMHB would convene local ECC coordinators and key stakeholders, to establish shared measures. The group agreed that shared measurement, a key component of the Collective Impact Framework, was a good place to advance collaboration in maternal and child health in Montana. This process produced the The Montana Children’s Health Data Partnership Project (MCHDPP).
The MCHDPP developed 10 early childhood measures to assess the impact of the work of local early childhood coalitions on children’s health. In the Spring of 2019, the Montana Children’s Health Data Partnership Project Summary and Strategic Plan was published. The document details the process of determining the ten measures. Throughout 2020 and 2021, HMHB worked closely with Montana KIDS COUNT to further refine and compile the measures. In May of 2022, we shared the Spring 2022 Progress Report and launched the Montana Children’s Health Data Dashboard in partnership with Montana Kids Count. You can view the presentation below or watch the recording of the dashboard launch on our YouTube channel.