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In response to our recent webinar on measuring and evaluating civic capacity and community change, we are pleased to continue the conversation with this new webinar.

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Civic Engagement that contributes to measurable community change – how do we know it when we see it?

Everyday Democracy (www.everyday-democracy.org) has recently completed the grant-funded portion of its Communities Creating Racial Equity (CCRE) initiative, for which the Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD) (www.capd.org) did the cross-site evaluation. In CCRE, eight community coalitions received coaching and grants from Everyday Democracy to implement dialogue, deliberation and action intended to contribute to closing racial disparities. CAPD worked with the coalitions to help them measure community-level results of that work. Carolyne Abdullah of Everyday Democracy and Sally Leiderman of CAPD will share some of the challenges and lessons from the cross-site evaluation and invite participants to offer additional examples and lessons.

They will highlight learnings on two related fronts – specific outcomes that measure the contribution of civic engagement to community change, and infusing a racial equity lens throughout the creation and application of civic engagement processes. The latter will include candid discussion of issues of power and privilege in: determining what kinds of outcomes should be measured; creating indicators; timing of data collection; and developing feasible and cost-effective ways to document the outcomes of civic engagement. They will also share data collection tools that focus on observable community changes that helped community coalitions measure results based on a “how would you know it when you see it” approach.

Carolyne Abdullah is a program director at Everyday Democracy and Sally Leiderman in President of the Center for Assessment and Policy Development.

Title: PACE Presents, Measurable Community Change: How do we know it when we see it?
Date: Monday, October 4, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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