Shared Leadership, Shared Outcomes
The tenth Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community-Based Programs was held March 22-23, 2017 at Boston College. For the third year the Nelson Chair partnered with the Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to bring together nearly 70 representatives from 40 partner organizations with the goal of generating best practices and implementation strategies for shared leadership and shared outcomes.
The group included partners and stakeholders from the Dudley Village Campus (areas surrounding The Dudley Triangle in Roxbury and North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston), representatives from Boston Public Schools, and skilled advisors from Boston College. The Nelson Chair also welcomed partners from The Esimaje Foundation in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and the Overtown Children & Youth Coalition from Miami, Florida.
Mini-Roundtable Working Groups
Principals as School and Community Leaders
This roundtable working group composed of Boston Public School principals and other community stakeholders gathered with the goal of addressing challenges, relevant policy issues, and how to leverage key resources to meet shared goals through a collaborative effort called the Principal Community of Practice.
Mutual Data Sharing Agreements
A Mutual Data Sharing Agreement (MDSA) between DSNI and Boston Public Schools grounds this mini-roundtable group in a discussion about how a school system and a community organization can benefit mutually from a data sharing agreement that protects student privacy and personal information.
Building Pathways for Young People
A mini-roundtable focused on how schools, community-based organizations, employers, and young people can collaborate, with an emphasis on incorporating youth voice, to identify how youth living in a variety of socioeconomic contexts can distinguish strong and viable postsecondary programs that lead to in-demand, livable wage jobs in their region.
Networking Partnerships for Educational & Community Change: Social Network Analysis
Kyle Fagan and Amanda Weber, doctoral students at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, gave a presentation emphasizing the importance of utilizing existing networks to achieve collective impact results. Following an overview of the Social Network Theory, participants were engaged in a Social Network Analysis activity using an example of an organization’s social network in action.
Using Data to Inform Policy Development & Sustainability
Drs. Rebekah Levine Coley and Laura O'Dwyer from the Lynch School of Education along with Kristin Haas, Data & Policy Coordinator from Project Hope presented on how community programs can use institutional and/or program data to evaluate programmatic impact, advocate for policy change, and to achieve sustainability through funding. Attendees learned how the City Connects program uses data for application and policy development, and Project Hope shared how they used data for tracking evictions and changing city policy.