Design Teams


An important element of the foundation's Safety Net Resiliency Initiative is the concept of Design Teams.

Attendees of the fall 2017 Crowdsourcing events identified four “levers” they felt were important to achieving the vision for an improved safety net system for Montgomery County:

  • Improving public-private collaboration and coordination
  • Ensuring there is “no wrong door” to the safety net system
  • Encouraging data sharing and systems integration
  • Building advocacy and communications capacity within the system

To translate each of these opportunities into practical, effective action that strengthens the safety net system, the foundation is convening and supporting the work of four Design Teams, each one focusing on one of these areas.

The goal of each Design Team is to develop, over the course of six months, one or more projects or areas of research to improve the county’s safety net. A variety of safety net providers, advocacy organizations and county government leaders applied and were selected to participate in one or more Design Teams. Meghan McVety, a principal and co-founder of Capacity for Change, facilitates each Design Team to examine the issues, explore redesign opportunities and identify promising new approaches to ensure a more resilient safety net.

Notes from each Design Team meeting, along with other relevant materials, will be posted on this website as available.

Design Team Meeting Schedule

The Design Teams will meet on the following schedule from March through August. All Design Teams meetings will be held in the Walton Room at the Community Partners Center, 2506 N. Broad Street in Colmar, except where noted.

*Will be held the HealthSpark Board Room, 2nd Floor at the Community Partners Center.

Please note the meeting dates and locations are subject to change.

Meeting Materials and Notes

Relevant documents, including notes from each Design Team's monthly meeting, will be posted on this page. Files are available to download below.