Capacity building is a key component of the initiative and includes one-on-one supports to the communities, as well as regional and statewide convenings on topics of interest to the communities. Support to the communities is also provided through the development of self-assessment and planning tools and the Discovery listserv.
The capacity building approach supports communities in the development of community capacities to:
- Create and sustain a community-wide agenda to improve early school success
- Collect, share and utilize data
- Cultivate and engage parents
- Organize and mobilize diverse constituencies for strategic purposes
- Apply knowledge of child development to practice and policy decisions
- Leverage resources
- Manage and lead a community change process
The Charter Oak Group LLC - provides a results based accountability (RBA) institute to help communities start their planning with the end results in mind, use indicators to report on how well the community is doing and ensure that the community-wide strategies directly address the causes contributing to poor outcomes.
Interaction Institute for Social Change - provides training in Facilitative Leadership, which presents the latest developments in leadership theory and practice, compelling both formal and informal leaders to view leadership as service, respect the value and diversity that each person brings, and share decision–making. The Facilitative Leadership Institute offers participants an opportunity to explore specific practices, skills, and tools that support the new thinking.
Community Liaisons - Liaisons support communities as a critical friend and reinforce community decision making, RBA and FL capacity building. Liaisons will also be available to their community for approved onsite TA as requested.
Other Support - includes topic-specific best practice/peer learning sessions and the services of Memorial Fund statewide partners.