June 30, 2014 – We had another great turnout for today’s meeting on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). The purpose of the meeting was to review and comment on the Capacity Building Academy proposal we received from Social Entrepreneurs, Inc. with the goal of adjusting the content (if necessary) to reach our goal of creating a community with EBP in its DNA.
The result of today’s meeting was to form a subcommittee to work directly with Social Entrepreneurs, Inc., Turning Point, and UNR to create a proposal that includes the Capacity Building Academy and EBP coaching and readiness for cohort members. The outcomes targeted directly link to EBP readiness and EBP expansion for cohort organizations.
We also learned that our efforts with EBP to date tie directly and specifically to the Healthy Communities efforts currently taking shape in our community. Nancy Hamilton and Nancy Brown ask each of us to be on the watch for an email invitation to attend a January 8, 2015, meeting on Healthy Communities. Both of the Nancys (as they are fondly referred to by our group) along with Cherie Jamason see a seamless connection between both efforts. Conversation on this topic was vibrant with the light bulb going on that our Capacity Building/EBP work will bolster the Healthy Communities work. What a boon!
We also talked about strategies for funding Capacity Building Academy–EBP effort, acknowledging that cohort members will benefit the most when they have “skin in the game.” More on this topic to come.
For now, our group has agreed to go on hiatus until a revised proposal can be presented for the working group to review and critique. I’ll send out further announcements when the larger meetings will resume, which we anticipate will be in August—still on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. at the United Way. I’ll keep you posted.
If you’d like to learn more about the Healthy Communities work referenced above, go here: http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2013/06/collaboration-to-build-healthier-communities.html and here: http://www.frbsf.org/community-development/initiatives/healthy-communities/
Have a safe and happy 4th of July—and enjoy having Friday mornings back (at least for a little while)!
For the history of these EBP meetings and links to all of the resources, go to http://nevadafund.org/category/evaluating-impact/.