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2010-2020 Strategic Plan Priorities and Guidelines

The First 5 Sonoma County Commission established criteria in 2010 that has been applied since to inform decisions regarding proposed options and choices for the 2010-2020 Strategic Plan, as well as periodic updates.

The Commission prioritizes funding for programs and approaches that:

  • Address a priority need or critical gap in the community
  • Build on local assets
  • Have been proven to create significant, measurable change
  • Are likely to mobilize other resources to intensify the effort
  • Are closely connected to school readiness.

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Strategic Priority

Girl in Sandbox 300x560Maximize the return on the Commission's investments in the community in light of diminishing resources.


  • Go deep – Focus the Commission’s funding by going deeper (increased dosage/intensity) versus funding broad lighter-impact efforts.
  • Prioritize high need populations – Prioritize high need populations and communities for more intensive interventions to increase degree of change and return on investments.
  • Fund integrated approaches – Fund more multi-disciplinary, integrated approaches versus compartmentalized, single focus services
  • Fund evidence-based practices – Fund model programs and evidence-based practices and focus evaluation on program performance
  • Match resources to need: targeted and/or countywide – Provide both targeted and countywide services appropriate to levels of need, matching resources to need
  • Leverage funding & resources – Leverage funding to maximize resources
  • Build on assets – Build on existing assets—e.g. integrate services into structures that already exist
  • Focus on prevention – Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Create scalable initiatives with clear measurement – Create scalable initiatives with high potential for clearly communicated successes based on clear measurement.
  • Advance policy change and systems change – Engage in strategic collaborations to advance policy change and systems change consistent with achieving the Commission’s goals.