Frequently Asked Questions about Our Tomorrows Story Bank

  • Is my story useful? Yes! All stories are important to illustrate the lived experiences of Kansas families. Much of the data is gathered from theadditional survey questions. The process isn’t entirely based on the story content.

  • How long is a story? A story can be 2 sentences or 2 pages. It is up to you and any length of story is valuable. Consider breaking up a larger story into multiple stories or moments. Often, the beginning, middle, and end can each stand individually and communicate different feelings and elements.
     

  • I typed my story and then the website crashed! Did it save it for me? Oh no! That is disappointing! Please take a moment to try again. The site does not save your progress and your story won’t be submitted until you click the save button on the final page. Like with all webforms, we recommend typing your story into a document, note, or email draft first and then pasting it into the site. This will save you from having to rewrite it if you are interrupted and unable to complete the process in a single sitting.
     

  • Can people share more than one story? Yes, please! Share freely and often! Be sure to return to the CCC Website each time you submit a new story.
     

  • Did you get my story? Good news! The story collection process is entirely anonymous. This means you can share authentically and freely. It also means we are unable to connect any stories to an individual. However, please reach out and we can likely determine if we have your story by comparing county info, story title, IP address, or any unique content. If you are still unsure, you can share again and we will deduplicate on our end.
     

  • Who can see my story? The process is entirely anonymous. Your personal info is not collected and any secondary information that could identify you is redacted before the stories are used or shared. You can choose not to allow your story to be shared on the final survey page.
     

  • I didn’t share my name in my story, but I did say my profession and hometown. Now I am worried that my coworkers will recognize me if they read it. What can I do? All secondary identifying data is redacted from stories before they are used. While a single piece of information may not identify you, we know that a combination of information might and have created guidance to protect your identity. If you are particularly worried, please reach out and we can ensure your anonymity.
     

  • What will you do with the stories? Stories are analyzed, identifying content is removed, and the data is used to create a monthly report or “scan” that is shared with stakeholders. Social media posts from CPPR or the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund might contain a story to emphasize a message. Lastly, stories can be used by groups to inform actions in a workshop style session. 
     

  • Can I share someone else’s story? Yes! You can facilitate the process for them by walking them through the site in person or over the phone. You can also print a pdf copy of the survey and have then enter their responses through your URL. In this case, you would write in first person and answer the survey questions as if you are them. You can also retell someone’s story from your perspective. In this case, you would not write in first person and you would answer the survey questions from your own perspective about how their experience made you feel. Choose the survey option that specifies the story is about someone else.
     

  • When I share someone else’s story, how should I answer the demographic info? If you are simply facilitating the process to support them in sharing their story in their own voice, you would write in first person and answer the survey questions as if you are them. You can also retell someone’s story from your perspective. In this case, you would not write in first person and you would answer the survey questions from your own perspective about how their experience made you feel.
     

  • What do I click after I complete the special sections (COVID-19 Crisis, Basic Needs, Equity)? You can click “I am ready to save” whenever you would like. The special sections are optional.
     

  • Do I have to complete the special “help” sections? These sections are entirely optional and you don’t have to complete them.
     

  • Is it bad to click “I am short on time”? Not at all! We appreciate your time and any amount of information you are willing to share.
     

  • I clicked the “Consent and Save My Story” button but nothing happened. It takes a few seconds for the story to save to the database. Please wait until you see the landing site to close the window.
     

  • When completing the special sections, I clicked the icons to place on the slider, but it didn’t work. That is a common problem. You will need to click and drag them onto the slider.

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