Our staff here at Children and Family Futures have the privilege of working with Family Drug Court teams across the nation and providing training and technical assistance so they can better serve families in their FDC programs. While onsite, we help identify barriers to effective policy and collaborative practice and help teams formulate action steps or solutions to address them. One of the activities we have used during our meetings is “How to Make Toast.” This is collaborative visualization activity created by Tom Wujec aimed to engage teams or stakeholders to tackle their most pressing problems by taking a systems approach. We have used this activity to explore the critical steps in screening and assessment with the goal of formulating effective protocols that capture critical steps and activities (nodes) and information exchange (links). This activity in tandem with the Systems Walk-Through would be valuable tools for any FDC team trying to formulate or re-think their screening, assessment, and referral protocols.
For an overview of Making Toast, you can view a TEDS presentation by Wujec: For more information about this collaborative visualization approach, check out the How To Make Toast website.