Ohio Summit on Children Working Together for Our Future

Critical Questions for Leaders

The following are questions for local planning teams to consider as they examine available data and apply the data to their organizational structures.

  1. What do families and children want most from us?

    • What do they experience?

    • What do they require?

    • What are their diverse needs?

  2. What strategies are we employing to resolve issues?

  3. Is staff empowered to be effective?

    • What is staff working on?

  4. What functions are interdependent?

    • If we change one function, what will be the impact on other functions?

  5. What functions are independent?

    • Is it wise to have these functions independent?

  6. What functions are dependent?

  7. What links do we have that connect the needs of families and children to required programs and services?

  8. What will happen if we are unsuccessful?

  9. What are people's roles in helping families and children succeed?

  10. What does each person do to improve quality?

  11. What are the leaders going to do to direct strategy?

  12. Who are the people who make us look good?

    • Who are the people who are smarter than we are that we can involve to solve some of our problems?

  13. Who are the people you don't interact with, but should to improve performance?

  14. What does each person do to show commitment to families and children?

  15. Who are the people you interact with? 

    • Are people working on the right things?

  16. Is the voice of families and children being lost?

  17. How "inside" are families and children?

  18. Is there a gap between implementation of new programs and strategy?

  19. How are we handling new data?

  20. How can we define quality in terms that families and children can understand?

  21. What are the unstated needs of families and children?

  22. What are the new possibilities?

  23. What can we do to assure families and children keep their dignity?

  24. When we make choices, what are the consequences families and children live with?

  25. What are we accountable for?

  26. Are we ready to help each other reach our personal potential?

  27. What responsibilities will leaders accept?

  28. Who among us will teach us the most?

  29. Who is creative?

  30. How can we focus more on what we need to be, rather than what we need to do?

  31. What are we going to do on Monday that is different?

  32. What is our most difficult problem?

    • Who are the smartest people we can involve to solve it?