Learning & Evaluation Tool: Moving from Community Engagement to Ownership

Learning & Evaluation Tool: Moving from Community Engagement to Ownership

Organizer: 
Victoria Anne Benson
Movement Strategy Center
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 1
Session Type: 
Training
Abstract: 

Local government staff and elected officials play critical roles in helping facilitate systems changes to elevate community priorities and decrease inequities in low-income communities and communities of color. Community leaders must also play central roles in determining the solutions and outcomes in their own communities. This session focuses on how collaboration between community-led organizations/committees and local governments can accelerate solutions implementation and solution viability.

This training session focuses on a framework for “Collaborative Governance” and the application of a tool for building collaborative governance called the Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership. The tool was co-developed by Movement Strategy Center, Facilitating Power, and the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners through a collective learning and evaluation process with local government staff, community-based organizations and committees, and non-governmental organizations.

In this interactive session, participants will have a chance to engage with the tool, which acts as a guide for stakeholders working to progress developmentally towards community-driven governance models for more effective adaptation efforts. Community leaders and local government staff will share examples of their work to build collaborative governance in order to co-develop solutions grounded in a shared analysis of root causes that promote community ownership over the future for their communities.

Participants will also learn the benefits of collaborative governance as it increases capacity and leadership of stakeholders within and outside of government to develop more holistic, effective adaptation plans rooted in a community-strengths based approach. Panelists will also share how collaborative processes cultivate commitment for moving beyond planning to implementation.

Co-organizers:

Leah Bamberger, City of Providence
Victoria Anne Benson, Movement Strategy Center
Melissa Deas, District of Columbia
Vatic Kuumba, Racial and Environmental Justice Committee of Providence
Sarah McKinstry-Wu, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Jonna Papaefthimiou, City of Portland
Pol Tavarez, Racial and Environmental Justice Committee of Providence
Clyde Thompson, Equity Advisory Group of Ward 7, Washington, D.C.