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The Five Points of Partnership A Campus & Community Partnership Approach to Building Healthier Communities Leah Ashwill – Director, ALIVE Center for Community.

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1 The Five Points of Partnership A Campus & Community Partnership Approach to Building Healthier Communities Leah Ashwill – Director, ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships Nadia De Leon – Coordinator, ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships Terry Shoemaker – Coordinator, Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility Courte Voorhees – Assistant Professor, Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility

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3 The Five Points of Partnership What makes a healthy community?

4 What is the Challenge? “Americans are playing virtually every aspect of the civic game less frequently today than we did two decades ago.” Declining participation in clubs and civic groups Decline in participation in religious activities Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

5 POLITICAL/COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION1973-4 to 1993-4 Served as an officer of some club or organizationDown 42% Worked for a political partyDown 42% Served on a committee for some local organizationDown 39% Attended a public meeting on town or school affairsDown 35% Attended a political rally or speechDown 34% Made a speechDown 24% Wrote a congressional representativeDown 23% Signed a petitionDown 22% Was a member of some “better government” groupDown 19% Held or ran for political officeDown 16% Wrote a letter to the paperDown 14% Wrote an article for a magazine or newspaperDown 10% Participated in at least one of the 12Down 25% Source: Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam Page 45

6 The Television Era Consumerism Personal Computers (cyberbalkanization) Loss of Trust ◦In our government ◦In one another Causes of the Challenge

7 Contributing FactorImpact Pressures of time and money10 percent Suburbanization, commuting, and sprawl10 percent Television and other electronic entertainment25 percent Generational change40-45 percent OTHER?10-15 percent Causes of the Challenge Source: Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam Page 284

8 The Five Points of Partnership A Campus & Community Partnership Approach to Building Healthier Communities

9 Goal: Collaborative Initiatives Creating healthier communities and overcoming complex societal problems require collaborative solutions which bring communities and institutions together as equal partners and build upon the assets, strengths and capacities of each.

10 Relationships, Language & the Importance of Place

11 5 Points of Partnership

12 Point 1: Identify the needs….and assets Relational Dialogue with Community Mapping Resources Surveying Focus Groups

13 Partnerships Free SpaceFundingVolunteerismNetworking Information Referral

14 Transitional Housing Five Points of Partnership

15 Need, Issue & Assets Five Points of Partnership

16 Point 2: Invite Partners…Build Relationships

17 Need, Issue & Assets Faith Based Organization Artists Local Business University Non-Profit Neighborhood Association Potential Partners

18 Bob & Jenny Basham (owners) WKU (ALIVE CCP) Interdisciplinary Departments BGCANNeighbors

19 Need, Issue & Assets Potential Partner Five Points of Partnership

20 Point 3: Develop Ideas…Not Individual Agendas

21 Community Needs Organizational interests

22 Building upon strengths Building capacity

23 Shared Vision NeedMethodsGoalOutcomes

24 Shared Ownership DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES Input and Agreement Principles and Practices Conflict Resolution Decision Making

25 Campus and Community Network Campus Partners Community Organizations ALIVE CCP Community Individuals Develop Ideas Five Points of Partnership

26 Need, Issue & Assets Potential Partner Develop Ideas Five Points of Partnership

27 Point 4: Pool Resources…From the Community

28 Seeking Outside Resources Sharing Resources Partnership

29 Information Gap BG Police Hope Harbor ALIVE CCP WKU Spanish Club and HOPE Develop Ideas Volunteers Coordinator Safety Demographic Information Five Points of Partnership: Puerta a Puerta Networking and media

30 Need, Issue & Assets Potential Partner Develop Ideas Resources Five Points of Partnership

31 Point 5: Implementation…and Evaluation/Assessment Successful campus-community partnerships must find ways to preserve the integrity of each partner and, at the same time, honor the purpose of the relationship and the growth of each party.

32 Maintaining realistic and visible goals throughout the process of implementation: Dynamically linking short term and long term goals

33 Maintaining realistic and visible goals throughout the process of implementation: Dynamically linking short term and long term goals

34 Maintaining realistic and visible goals throughout the process of implementation: Dynamically linking short term and long term goals

35 Maintaining realistic and visible goals throughout the process of implementation: Dynamically linking short term and long term goals

36 Linking partnership goals: to stories/goals of individuals, organizations, communities Use tools that span learning styles, work sectors, cultural backgrounds, etc. Tools: Power Mapping Network Diagramming Narrative Writing Exploding the Issue And more…

37 Make welcome space at “the table” Routinely ask for (and use!) input in ways that encourage participation and dialog: Anonymous brainstorming Round robin critiques and/or “critical friends” Routine reflection on process and content

38 Make welcome space at “the table” Establish long term relationships with individuals, organizations, community leaders, etc. Paratroopers vs. Good Neighbors: Goals that benefit you and rely on the work/ risk of your partners

39 Make welcome space at “the table” Establish long term relationships with individuals, organizations, community leaders, etc. Paratroopers vs. Good Neighbors: Goals that benefit all and share work while shifting risks to you

40 Building in Assessment Evaluation/Assessment: Creating evidence Highlighting small wins Celebrating success! Turning short arcs into long arcs

41 Building in Assessment Creating Evidence: Building in evaluation from the start Achievable, operationalized goals Clear strategies to reach those goals Measurable milestones for process outcomes Efficient instruments for measuring success

42 Building in Assessment Highlighting Small Wins: Allows intermediate buildup of momentum Displays realistic adherence to short and long term goals

43 Building in Assessment Celebrating Success: Emphasize Strengths of individuals, organizations, community, and partnership Measurable changes Links between small wins and long term goals Fun and humor Insert “fun/humorous” picture here. Change somber gray background to something cheery. Act enthusiastic.

44 Partnership Arcs Turning short arcs into long arcs

45 Partnership Arcs Turning short arcs into long arcs

46 Conclusion 5 Points of Partnership: Identifying needs and assets Inviting partners, building relationships Developing ideas, not individual agendas Pooling resources Implementation and assessment

47 Conclusion For effective partnerships, build in: Participation Dynamism Evaluation Learning Celebration

48 Leah Ashwill, Director Nadia De Leon, Community Engagement Terry Shoemaker, Program Coordinator Courte Voorhees, Community Based Research Thank you for your time! Questions or Comments?

49 Leah Ashwill, Director, ALIVE CCP Nadia De Leon, Coordinator, ALIVE CCP Terry Shoemaker, Coordinator, ICSR Courte Voorhees, Assistant Professor, ICSR Thank you for your time! Questions or Comments?

50 Leah Ashwill, Director, ALIVE CCP Nadia De Leon, Coordinator, ALIVE CCP Terry Shoemaker, Coordinator, ICSR Courte Voorhees, Assistant Professor, ICSR Thank you for your time! Questions or Comments?


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