2017 Roundtable

 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.

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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


Plenary Sessions 

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.

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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.

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