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Policy oriented solutions

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This session seeks to instruct and train students who want to further engage their service with policy-oriented solutions. This session will cover the ways students can begin to seek impactful evidence-based practices to inform the policies that lead to social change.

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Policy oriented solutions

  1. 1. Policy-Oriented Solutions Bonner Congress 2018 Jasmine Rangel, Berry College ’17 Kai Mangino, The College of New Jersey ’19 Judith Carrillo, Allegheny College ‘20 Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  2. 2. Introductions & Ice Breaker Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  3. 3. Introductions & Ice Breaker! Name Institution “What was one moment you felt like you were making the most impact as a Bonner?
  4. 4. 321 Understand the purpose of knowing your issue S E S S I O N G O A L S Understand service programs and how they relate to policy (evidence-based) Learn how policy research may effectively inform change Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  5. 5. S E S S I O N A G E N D A 1. Purpose of Knowing Your Issue 2. Topic Possibilities 3. Root Into Policy! 4. Future Potentials 5. Try it Out! Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  6. 6. Know Your Issue Modules Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  7. 7. Know Your Issue Modules • Purpose: Provide Bonners with the ability to critically assess the scope of the issue area under which they serve by understanding impact of past and current policies For Bonner Students: • Outcomes: Understand the value that comes with compiling an issue brief. • Skills: Interview, Research, Writing
  8. 8. Know Your Issue Modules For National Network: • Outcomes: Information- sharing to the Bonner Network • Information: examples, opportunities • Improve services administered to local communities
  9. 9. What is an Issue- Brief? Example: Career Development Programs for Youth - Trenton, NJ
  10. 10. What is an Issue-Brief? • Focuses on a specific and local, community issue • Answers: What is the nature/extent of the issue? What has been tried in the past to address it? What is currently being done to address it? What are the different ways organizations/individuals are addressing the issue? GOAL STATEMENT SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM PAST POLICY CURRENT POLICY MODEL PROGRAMS KEY ORG./INDIVIDUALS BIBLIOGRAPHY Key Elements:
  11. 11. What is an Issue-Brief? GOAL STATEMENT SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM PAST POLICY CURRENT POLICY MODEL PROGRAMS KEY ORG./INDIVIDUALS BIBLIOGRAPHY Gives purpose and direction to research accomplished. Should be a response to the overall issue. Hard data surrounding the issue area. Previous programs/policies implemented to combat the effects of the issue area. What is currently being funded or implemented locally? Different approaches communities & organizations are working to solve problems. Those who are involved with the issue area in some way. References of all information!
  12. 12. Why do I need to know my issue? Impact & Social Change How do you define impact? How does this turn into policy? Knowing Your Issue provides an in-depth wealth of contextual and systemic knowledge on a specific issue area.
  13. 13. Why do I need to know my issue? Potential Outcomes to be achieved: Be informed about: How my issue affects other areas of the country and what communities are doing to alleviate it How to improve services provided (funding, programmatic changes, etc. Contextual information on the community Policy-changing opportunities
  14. 14. Why do I need to know my issue? Impact & Social Change M Y S E R V I C E Impact Sustained Impact through Policies
  15. 15. Brainstorming Topics Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  16. 16. What social justice issue(s) motivate you to take action and find solutions?
  17. 17. What is your service site? Do you know how your community is solving a need?
  18. 18. Choosing & Narrowing Your Issue Goal Statements/ Issue-Brief Topics: •Must be created to frame and give purpose to your research. •Establish goals as a response to the overall issue and solution-oriented. What is my overall issue area? Starting Issue:
  19. 19. Choosing & Narrowing Your Issue Brainstorm Your Topic: Is my topic real? Does my topic matter to someone? Who? Will it be useful to do research and collect data on this topic? Why? Does this topic allow for community members to provide feedback?
  20. 20. Choosing & Narrowing Your Issue Example: What is my overall issue area? Starting Issue: Immigration Rights of Undocumented Workers Psychological effects of immigration College Access for Immigrant youth Path to citizenshipPoverty status of immigrant youth DACA Awareness & Bipartisan Immigration Reform
  21. 21. Choosing & Narrowing Your Issue Example: What is my overall issue area? Starting Issue: Poverty / The Working Poor Education Opportunities Transportation Access & Availability Neighborhood Crime Reduction Healthcare Access Housing Security “Developing Transportation for The Working Poor”
  22. 22. Choosing & Narrowing Your Issue Example: What is my overall issue area? Starting Issue: Environmental TopicsRecycling/Trash Environmental Media Fracking Urban SprawlWater Quality Industrial/ Consumer Influence Environmental Movement “Regulating Fracking in NWGA”
  23. 23. Choosing & Narrowing Your Issue Example Topics: •Career Development Programs for Youth •Increasing Child Care Subsidies for Neighborhood Residents •Preventative Health Services for Low-Income Residents
  24. 24. Now it’s your turn! Try to come up with your ideal topic / goal statement!
  25. 25. Theory of Change & Logic Models Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  26. 26. Evidence-Based Programs START Desire to alleviate community challenges. Challenges can range: Hunger Health Housing Education Theory of Change
  27. 27. Evidence-Based Programs Theory of Change Defines a cause-and-effect relationship between a specific intervention/activity and an intended outcome. Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome 1. 2.3.
  28. 28. Evidence-Based Programs Theory of Change Gather local data on extent and severity of issue. Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome 1. Data/Facts that document the need for assistance: • How many individuals are affected? • What’s the severity of issue? • What will happen if nothing is done to alleviate the issue? • Why does the need exist?
  29. 29. Evidence-Based Programs Theory of Change Evaluate the intended outcome - What is the change you hope to make? Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome • Change can be thought of as: • Change in Knowledge • Change in Behavior • Change in the Environment • Change in Policies 2. Long Term Goal!
  30. 30. Evidence-Based Programs Theory of Change Find interventions to achieve the goal. Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome Interventions: most effective set of activities to deliver or implement within the community that will likely lead to the intended change. 3.
  31. 31. Evidence-Based Programs - Review Theory of Change Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome Families suffer from poor nutrition-related health problems Nutrition Education and Referral Services Healthier Families Example:
  32. 32. Evidence-Based Programs - Review Theory of Change Defines a cause-and-effect relationship between a specific intervention/activity and an intended outcome. Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome Statistics documenting and outlining the community need Evidence Guides choice of intervention Supports cause-effect relationship
  33. 33. Evidence-Based Programs Logic Model The visual representation of the intended theory of change in action. Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact What is being invested? What do we do? Who participates? What are the short term results? What are the medium term results? What is the ultimate impact sought?
  34. 34. Evidence-Based Programs Logic Model Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes/Impact Long-Term Goal Certain resources are needed to operate your program. Utilize resources to to accomplish your planned activities Accomplish planned activities, deliver amount of services intended Accomplish planned activities to the extent intended, participants will benefit in a certain way. If benefits to participants are achieved, certain changes in organizations, communities, or systems might be expected to occur. Planned Work Intended Results
  35. 35. Evidence-Based Programs Logic Model Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes/Impact Long-Term Goal • Money • Time off of work or school • good weather • good hotel • transportation (drive or fly) • Book flights, hotels, transportati on • create trip itinerary • Flight, hotel, confirmation • Money saved • Friends, family, or I enjoy vacation • Helping mental health by taking a break from work/ school Trip Planning Intended Trip Results
  36. 36. Evidence-Based Programs Logic Model Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Resources Activities Outputs Outcomes/Impact Long-Term Goal ? ? ? ? ? Baking Cookies Cookies Baked for Craving I’m craving cookies. How can we combat my cookie craving?
  37. 37. Evidence-Based Programs Data Collection Based off of parameters set in theory of change & logic model. Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome
  38. 38. Evidence-Based Programs Data Collection Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome Design of program
  39. 39. Evidence-Based Programs Data Collection Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome Dosage of program
  40. 40. Evidence-Based Programs Data Collection Inputs Outputs Outcomes - Impact Community Problem / Need Specific Intervention Intended Outcome Outcome goals of program
  41. 41. Evidence-Based Programs Evidence-Based Practices: rigorously evaluated in experimental evaluations - randomized controlled trials - shown to make a positive, statistically signifiant difference in important outcomes. Measurable, reliable, viable.
  42. 42. Now it’s your turn! Try to create the Theory of Change and Logic Model for your service site!
  43. 43. Application Practice •Who are you serving? why? •What are the ways the program is changing the status of the need? •What are the specific implementation parameters of the program? •What is the long-term impact sought by the program /by the organization? Use the handout provided!
  44. 44. Additional Reflection •What are your overall observations from this activity? •What need did you observe? •Give a brief synopsis of what you presume to be the theory of change in your service. •What data does your site collect? If it does not collect any, what data could they collect to measure impact? •Are there any service sites here that overlap in their theory of change or intervention? Which ones? How so?
  45. 45. Future Potentials Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  46. 46. Future Potentials Government Policies ? Impact & Social Change Bipartisan Support Effective Programs Funding IMPACTFUL PROGRAMS
  47. 47. Future Potentials - Evidence-Based Policymaking 1) Build evidence on what works 2)Monitor program delivery / use impact evaluation to measure program effectiveness 3) Use evidence to improve and scale programs or redirect funds 4)Encourage the testing of new innovative approaches
  48. 48. Making Plans for Future Research Grow Justice, Grow Peace.
  49. 49. Follow this process when researching: Conducting Research My Issue at the National Level My Issue in Past/Present My Issue at the State Level My Issue in Past/Present My Issue at the Local Level My Issue in Past/Present
  50. 50. Jasmine Rangel NJ Bonner Program Associate jasmine@bonner.org Kai Mangino TCNJ Senior Intern mangink2@tcnj.edu Judith Carrillo Allegheny College BAB Member carrilloj@allegheny.edu Q u e s t i o n s ?
  51. 51. Thanks for attending! Grow Justice, Grow Peace

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