people on the same page • Organize – build staff and organizational capacity, skills, competency • Operationalize – Implement new tools for decision making, measurement, and accountability Toolkits and Action Plans
Consult: “We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge your concerns, aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision. We will seek your feedback on drafts and proposals.” • Involve: “We will work to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how the public input influenced the decision.” • Collaborate: “We will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.” • Empower: “We will implement what you decide.”
the issue being addressed? 2. Who faces racial barriers or bias, or exclusion from power, related to this issue? 3. How are people of different racial groups differently situated or affected by this issue? 4. Ideally, what would the racial composition of the leadership look like?
affected by the issue already involved in addressing it? How can these efforts be supported and expanded? 2. What are ways stakeholders adversely affected by the issue can be further engaged? 3. How can diverse communities and leaders be engaged from the outset so they have a real opportunity to shape the solutions and strategies? 4. How will stakeholders exercise real leadership and power? 5. Who can be allies and supporters and how can they be engaged?
with public funds • Community-based funding initiatives • City-wide visioning and strategic planning • Civic engagement in growth and redevelopment • Building community connections • Equipping residents to participate • https://www.nlc.org/sites/default/files/BrightSpots- FINAL_4-26.pdf
Groups Body Mapping Qualitative – Charrette Community Mapping Qualitative – Interviews Collage, Art, Music Quantitative - Survey Access, Racial Equity, Composition, Language Quantitative – Statistical Analysis Acknowledgment of Historical Issues Body mapping: http://www.migrationhealth.ca/sites/default/files/Body- map_storytelling_as_reseach_LQ.pdf
without acknowledging the role of race, including racial history and politics • Importance of reflection by outside organizations on the significance of racial and class makeup of the organization and why it matters
than problems and needs • It identifies and mobilises individual and community assets, skills and passions • It is community driven – ‘building communities from the inside out’ (Kretzmann&McKnight, 1993) • It is relationship driven.
• What needs to change in your community? • What are the barriers to creating change? Or we can ask: • What are the strengths and assets of our community? • When was a time you felt our community was at its best? • What do you value most about our community? • What is the essence of our community that makes it unique and strong?
on five characteristics of empowerment adapted from the World Bank (Naryan, 2002), with input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These are: • Inclusion of communities in preprogram assessment • Access of communities to information • Inclusion of communities in decision making • Development of local organizational capacity to make demands on institutions and governing structures • Accountability of institutions to the public. http://www.acquireproject.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ACQUIRE/Publications/ACE- Working-Paper-final.pdf
wisdom, and resilience that exists within communities. • Focus on enhancing opportunities and resources in partnership with community members and organizations, rather than on "fixing" perceived issues or problems within communities.
support the work of community partners and neighbors • Collaborate with community partners to develop, evaluate, and revise programs to ensure that programs are beneficial to their work and to the community. • Recognize the value of sustained community involvement in promoting understanding, fostering mutually beneficial relationships, and creating lasting impact.
and how it shapes your experience in community. Seek to continuously identify and challenge assumptions, biases, judgments, and stereotypes about individuals and communities. • Value and respect people of diverse identities and backgrounds, and work to create equitable environments. • Recognize and identity ways to address root causes of social injustice through a variety of forms of civic engagement.
learning about partner organizations, community issues, and context before, during, and after community engagement activities. • Process community engagement experiences through dialogue to deepen self-awareness and understanding of community and to inform future actions.
• Discovering the gifts and passion of residents • Growing leadership capacity through one-on-one coaching of emerging leaders • Building action teams by training residents in group facilitation skills • Partnering resident leaders with institutions who can support their teams goals • MEASUREMENT: Participant, Engaged, Owner
Engage stakeholders and residents on a continuum and in a reciprocal manner • Find new members and residents to participate • Avoid strict protocols in membership structures and roles • Promote autonomy among residents by providing support and coaching for advocacy • GRASSROOTS
approach to reducing poverty and offering a community of support to increase community resiliency. RPN aspires to do this through authentic resident engagement, research, planning and accountability. • Promise Family Network • Community Action Network • MODEL: Assest Based Community Development
information about the impacts of a mixed-use development project in a city with a significant number of low-income residents. They have asked you to design a feedback tool to collect opinions to inform their decisions. Who are the people that need to be part of your planning conversations on this task? What kinds of tools should you consider? Who are the key stakeholders that you want to engage and your plan to reach them?
are some guidelines and things to consider when writing or sharing the stories of the people we serve. • Think about how your own story (identity) or parts of your story show up in the story you are trying to share. What are the stories and identities you embrace and own? What are the stories and identities that are placed on you? What are those shared stories and experiences? https://rainiervalleycorps.org/2018/04/tell-compelling- stories-avoiding-savior-complex-exploitation/
of the story, should be telling or can someone else? Are you connected to, part of, or a member of this individual’s community? This, especially, is a critical question for white folks telling stories of people and communities of color, able-bodied people telling the stories of people with disabilities, cisgender people speaking for and telling stories about trans folks, etc.
share is prepared to share their story. If yes, ask for their consent to share. If no, are they open or want to share? If there is openness then how are you providing the technical and emotional support in allowing them to tell their own story? • Is their consent informed? Do they know how and where the story will be used? What content it includes? Do they agree with the way you’re sharing how your services have impacted them? Are they able to approve changes and edits? If necessary, do you have written informed consent?
nuance, and with their humanity intact. Are you oversimplifying or over-sensationalizing their story? Are you prioritizing the voice of the person whose story and experience is being shared over that of the audience or the funders?
without exploiting the stories of the individual participants and perpetuating existing narratives about vulnerable or marginalized people and communities? • Are you fighting stereotypes and myths or contributing to it? Are you pathologizing them or have you provided sufficient socio-historical and political context?
it? • By telling this story, are you showing your organization as a savior? • Do you have a process for those who have told their story to have the agency to retract consent/permission? This means if you’ve used their story, they can take back their permission and consent to no longer share or highlight their story.
convictions and offer to compensate people for their stories. Even if they’re receiving services from your organization. The stories you’re telling are directly connected to financial benefits for organizations. It’s only right those same funds benefit them as well.