We’re starting to get some feedback on the Bright Spots paper that launched this Tuesday…please keep it coming. One thing that we heard in our early focus groups, and hope to test, was that this framework might have resonance beyond the arts.
Sure enough, we got an email from Ginny Cartee, a coordinator of CHAMPS, a drop out prevention program for at-risk youth at School District 55 in Laurens, South Carolina. This week she used the ADEPT framework in a presentation to the National Dropout Prevention Forum. She says, “our projects are successful, but explaining why or how our small team can accomplish so many different projects has been more difficult than doing the actual programmatic work.” The ADEPT framework, “has provided the language needed to share our success with stakeholders. It gave me a framework to explain how we started and how we have thrived through the years by focusing on our vision of promising middle school students graduating from high school and going on to post-secondary education.”
This echoes something we heard when we tested this framework with Bright Spots themselves. This is stuff they were already doing, but the framework was helpful to give them a language to talk about things that often seemed mysterious, impossible or difficult to explain to others. And perhaps, it offers a compass for course correction when even the brightest organizations get off the path.
How are you using the framework?