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PolicyOptions 101

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This presentation provides an overview of the PolicyOptions initiative.

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PolicyOptions 101

  1. 1. The Bonner Program: Introduction to PolicyOptions Issue Briefs “Access to Education, A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org Opportunity to Serve”
  2. 2. Need
  3. 3. www.bonner.org Issues to Impact: Partner Survey Direct Action (service) Capacity Building Convening CBR Policy News & Analysis Community Info Hub 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 88% 92% 85% 87% 89% 92% 34% 24% 25% 28% 19% 47% Occurring Need / Highly Needn = 43 groups
  4. 4. Community-Based Research
  5. 5. www.bonner.org Community-Based Research: Context — Organizational Develpoment Plan • Needs & Asset Assessment • Issue Analysis Decide • Model Programs • Policy Options • Resources Implement direct service or advocacy Evaluate • Program Evaluation • On-Going Data Collection
  6. 6. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs
  7. 7. www.bonner.org 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?
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. www.bonner.org • 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 PolicyOption Issue Briefs: Example — Washington & Lee University
  12. 12. Getting Started
  13. 13. www.bonner.org 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
  14. 14. www.bonner.org PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Research Steps 1. Create issue overview page (if new topic) 2. Create local, state, and USA information pages (if new topic) 3. Identify Key Organizations at each level 4. Add facts on Scope of the Problem with footnotes 5. Summarize current policy & programs (follow the money) 6. Interview practitioners and other experts to identify Model Progams and Policy Options that work
  15. 15. PolicyOptions.org News Bureau
  16. 16. www.bonner.org PolicyOption News Bureau: InformationYou Can Use
  17. 17. www.bonner.org Community Based-Research Center: Staffing Model Maintain local PolicyOptions.org website CBR & Policy Research Community-Based Research Director Work Study & Bonner Students Students in CBR/SL Courses Graduate School Students Advisory/ Editorial Board
  18. 18. www.bonner.org PolicyOptions.org Network: Local Affiliates Sharing Common Platform Lewiston, METrenton, NJ Minnesota New Jersey USA Twin Cities Maine
  19. 19. Community Think Tank
  20. 20. www.bonner.org Research Local PolicyOptions.org website Community- Based Research PolicyOptions Issue Briefs Direct Service Capacity Building Training & Strategic Planning Convening Issue Forums & Working Groups Action Issue, Place, Organization Public Education Campus Outreach: Comprehensive & Integrated Local Community Think Tank
  21. 21. www.bonner.org Local Community Think Tank: Community-Based Research & Convening Community-Based Research • Needs & Asset Assessment, Data Collection & Analysis, Program Evaluation PolicyOptions | Issue Briefs • Scope of the Problem • Past & Current Policy • Model Programs & Policy Options • Key Organizations & Individuals Convening • Host issue forums & working groups PolicyOptions | Community News • Funding, Legislation, Regulations, Reports, etc.

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