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PolicyOptions 101



This presentation provides an overview of the PolicyOptions initiative.

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  • Student View: EXPECTATION /EXPLORATION: Trying to figure out their passions and interests, what is this program about? Getting to know the community Example: Tutoring; do they like working with children EXPERIENCE: Been there a year; received some training and experience tutoring, beginning to help coordinate other volunteers, special service events Sense of belonging to the program, the organization, “my kids,” “my site” Attend meetings; community partner really views them as reliable, EXAMPLE: Tutoring, helping manage volunteers, write their own curriculum EXPERTISE: Decided to become education major; curriculum-approved by the state, discussing educational policy, attending staff meetings, treated more like a staff member than a volunteer, grant writing

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  • The Bonner Program:Introduction to PolicyOptionsIssue Briefs“Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”A program of:The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540(609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 faxFor more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org
  • Need
  • Issues to Impact: Partner Survey 47%Direct Action (service) 92% 19% Capacity Building 89% 28% Convening 87% 25% CBR 85% 24%Policy News & Analysis 92% 34% Community Info Hub 88% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% n = 43 groups Occurring Need / Highly Need www.bonner.org
  • Community-Based Research
  • Community-Based Research: Context — Organizational Develpoment Plan Decide • Needs & Asset • Model Programs Assessment • Policy Options • Issue Analysis • Resources Evaluate Implement• Program Evaluation direct service • On-Going Data Collection or advocacy www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOptions Issue Briefs
  • PolicyOption Issue Briefs: Issue Brief Questions• What is the nature & extent of the problem?• What’s been tried in the past to address it?• What’s being done now?• What are the distinctly different approaches to addressing this issue? www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOption Issue Briefs: Issue Brief Template• Goal Statement• Scope of the Problem• Past Policy• Current Policy• Policy Options / Program Models• Key Organizations, Programs & People• Glossary of Terms• Bibliography www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOption Issue Briefs:Wiki for Collaborative Research 460 contributors 1,750 pages 2,800 visits in October 21,000 visits in last year www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOption Issue Briefs: Audiences• Planning - Provide access to policy options & program models to inform decision-making processes• Issue Forums - Provide background issue briefs to inform community dialogue• Leadership Training - Educate students and others who work on issues www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOption Issue Briefs: Example — Washington & Lee University• 90-page Poverty Study requested by County Manager• Public forum (80 participants)• Working groups & PolicyOptions Issue Briefs ✓ Transportation ✓ Health ✓ Housing & Water Systems ✓ Education ✓ Legal Needs of the Poor ✓ Economic Development www.bonner.org
  • Getting Started
  • PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Getting Started• Pick at least one community partner• Identify question related to model programs or policy options• Add to existing or start new issue brief on wiki site: http://policyoptions.pbworks.com• Reference Research Guide and Intern Research Guide www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Research Steps1. Create issue overview page (if new topic)2. Create local, state, and USA information pages (if new topic)3. Identify Key Organizations at each level4. Add facts on Scope of the Problem with footnotes5. Summarize current policy & programs (follow the money)6. Interview practitioners and other experts to identify Model Progams and Policy Options that work www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOptions.org News Bureau
  • PolicyOption News Bureau:Information You Can Use www.bonner.org
  • Community Based-Research Center:Staffing Model Advisory/ Community-Based Editorial Research Director Board CBR & Policy Maintain local Research PolicyOptions.org websiteWork Study Students in Graduate School & Bonner CBR/SL Courses Students Students www.bonner.org
  • PolicyOptions.org Network: Local Affiliates Sharing Common Platform USAMinnesota New Jersey MaineTwin Cities Trenton, NJ Lewiston, ME www.bonner.org
  • Community Think Tank
  • Campus Outreach: Comprehensive & Integrated Public Education Direct Service Capacity Action Convening Issue Forums & Building Training & Working Groups Strategic Planning Issue, Place, Organization Local PolicyOptions Research Issue Briefs PolicyOptions.org website Community-Local Community Based Research Think Tank www.bonner.org
  • Local Community Think Tank: Community-Based Research & ConveningCommunity-Based Research • Needs & Asset Assessment, Data Collection & Analysis, Program EvaluationPolicyOptions | Issue Briefs • Scope of the Problem • Past & Current Policy • Model Programs & Policy Options • Key Organizations & IndividualsPolicyOptions | Community News • Funding, Legislation, Regulations, Reports, etc.Convening • Host issue forums & working groups www.bonner.org