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ERIC Number: ED558602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Impact Models: Comprehensive Community Initiatives. Research Brief Series
Center for Promise
The East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI), a partnership among local government, nonprofit, faith, and school organizations, is focusing on the community's most promising resource--its children--in order to restore the city to the thriving African-American middle-class community it was throughout much of the mid-20th century. Since 2008, EDCI has increased access to early childhood educational opportunities, strengthened local elementary and secondary schools, helped establish high quality enrichment activities, and worked to make sure that local children, youth, and their families are being connected to the supports and experiences that will enable them all to thrive. Hundreds of other communities throughout the country, like East Durham, have identified that they do not currently have the capacity necessary to ensure the success of their children and youth. They have launched comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) to create structures and processes that build the human capital, institutional resources, and social capital to effectively support the needs and strengths of their young people. CCIs want to learn from each other, but they often have trouble relating to the unique circumstances present in any given community. This brief presents a conceptual framework for understanding the organizational and operational structures and processes of CCIs. Rather than promoting replication of any particular model, this framework enables CCIs to learn from each other's work. This framework--an Impact Model--includes components synthesized across CCIs in order to provide a common language for all communities. The organizational structures of the Impact Model in this brief include: (1) Governance and Decision Making; (2) Leadership; (3) Roles and Responsibilities for Collaboration Members/Partners; (4) Organizational Capacity and Staffing; and (5) Funding Structures. The organizational processes of the Impact Model in this brief include: (1) Defining the Problem and Needs; (2) Developing a Shared Vision, Goals, Outcomes, and Accountability; (3) Developing Clear and Meaningful Theories of Change; (4) Identifying and Monitoring the Programmatic Strategy; and (5) Communication Processes, Outreach, and Engagement. The structures and processes discussed in this brief can vary by community to fit the context in which the collaboration operates.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: America's Promise Alliance
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina