Exploring the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission's Implementation Practices to Advocate for Military Children
The Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) advocates for military children in academic, social, and emotional transitions. This quality improvement project explored the main contributing factors to successful implementation of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, how the organization defines and measures Commission success, and what would improve Commissioners’ efficacy. 28 surveys and eight semi-structured interviews were completed by Commissioners, representing various military populated states. This project revealed the following key findings. Formalized infrastructure in the state council facilitates communication and connectivity between stakeholders, commissioners rely on support from the National Headquarters, and partnerships make a positive impact on Commissioner efficacy. Findings also revealed that the Commission does not have a unified definition or measurement tool of success. Each state operates independently but uses family feedback and lack of stakeholder requests as an indicator. Based on the findings, using self-efficacy theory (Bandura, 1977) as a theoretical frame, the following recommendations were made to MIC3. Develop a compact success and commissioner performance measurement tool to improve efficacy. Continue to receive support from the National Headquarters while providing more training and resources at the local level. Partner with other military connected organizations and initiatives and develop a mentorship program within the commission to learn promising practices. Formalize standard operating procedures with the state councils in each state, develop military spouse advocacy program, and provide military leadership with professional development opportunities. It is imperative to understand the why, develop an emotional connection to the cause, the advocacy work, and most importantly, the military children.