Title: 'Using Collaborative Innovation Networks to Improve Early Intervention Sysytems'
Track: 9 - Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Keyword(s): collaboration, stakeholders, systems, network
Learning Objectives:
  1. 1) Articulate specific elements in the group meeting process of a Collaborative Innovative Network (COIN).
  2. 2) Utilize the framework to conduct Collaborative Innovative Network meetings that include a variety of stakeholders.
  3. 3) Define Gloor’s five essential elements of Collaborative Innovative Networks.


A Collaborative Innovation Network, or COIN, is a social construct used to describe innovative teams. It has been defined by the originator of the term, Peter Gloor, as 'a cyberteam of self-motivated people with a collective vision…to collaborate in achieving a common goal by sharing ideas, information, and work.' This presentation explores the emergence of Collaborative Innovative Networks (COINs), and discusses how the state of Washington is using the COIN framework to connect statewide stakeholders by taking advantage of the wide connectivity and support of communication technologies, extending beyond the organizational perimeter of agencies and service providers on a state level. The COIN in WA is made up of a group of self motivated individuals (professionals, parents and community members) linked by common goals of improving existing early intervention (EI) systems, and the goal of providing EI services that reflect best practices. The strength of this group is related to their ability to activate creative and open collaboration, share knowledge, and the positive affect of individual capabilities and agencies’/organizations’ performances. In this presentation you will learn a framework on how to conduct stakeholder or COIN meetings including determining who should be on the invitation list, how to assign various roles within the group, the fair process of the meeting, and establishing outcomes. Our presentation will focus on Gloor’s five essential elements of collaborative innovation networks: 1. Evolve from learning networks 2. Feature sound ethical principles 3. Based on trust and self-organization 4. Make knowledge accessible to everyone 5. Operate in internal honesty and transparency
Presentation: Tuesday_French_345_KrisChing_1687.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 8- 1687.doc
Kris Ching - Primary Presenter,POC
Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss
     Credentials: M.A. Deaf Education
      Kris Ching is the Outreach Director, birth-5, for Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss (CDHL). Her focus is on developing collaborative relationships in underserved areas, providing training/information to early intervention coordinators and providers, and finding funding to help expand statewide services for children and families. She is involved with the D/HH Early Childhood State Agencies Taskforce, serves on the WA Hands & Voices board, and is currently enrolled in Gallaudet University’s D/HH Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration & Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment,Management position,Teaching and speaking,Consulting from WA State Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional (Board member) relationship for Board membership.  
Kerianne Christie - Co-Presenter
Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss
     Credentials: M.Ed., NBCT
      Kerianne Christie is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s degree in Education. She has been providing early childhood education services in and around Washington State for the past 12 years through the Washington School for the Deaf Outreach Team. She has been involved with the development and promotion of many statewide initiatives and projects that specifically impact the birth-to-three population and has presented at a variety of local and national conferences regarding early intervention services.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment,Teaching and speaking,Consulting from WA State Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.