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The Strategic Planning Alliance for Children and Youth – Durham Region (S.P.A.) had a history of working together to improve planning and coordination of services for children, youth, and families.  At the end of 2012, members of the S.P.A. Leadership Council had identified that the goals of S.P.A. were not being achieved and it was determined that entering a Strategic Planning Process would be beneficial.


In the spring of 2013, the S.P.A. Leadership Council acquired the services of Theresa Dostaler, Synergy Research and Evaluation Consulting to facilitate three planning sessions with the end goal of developing a workplan and recommendations for improving planning and service coordination in the Durham Region.  Members of the S.P.A. Leadership Council representing 15 cross-sectoral community organizations participated in these sessions.  Joining these members were the co-chairs of Durham’s Best Start Network. 


Three half day sessions were held to work through a process of developing a workplan and establishing next steps. Each meeting had specific objectives to ensure we progressed towards our main goal of establishing a workplan and next steps.  At the conclusion of these sessions, a summary report, key recommendations, and four workplans were created. 


Through the summer of 2013, working groups met to address the first steps in the transformation of S.P.A. – a new Vision, Mission, Commitments, and structure.  In November 2013 the Durham’s Children and Youth Planning Network was launched at a community meeting.  


Durham's Children and Youth Planning Network (DCYPN) is an integrated, coordinated, and collaborative system of organizations that provides services to enhance and support the well-being of children, youth and families. DCYPN, formerly called the Strategic Planning Alliance, is a coalition of service providers in Durham Region working collaboratively to deliver innovative and seamless support services responsive to the needs of children, youth and families in our community.