Capacity Building Workshops for Community Organizations
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To help maximize the real-world applicability of available research findings, there has been greater emphasis over the past two decades on engaging local communities in the research process; this includes cooperative study design, shared cultural competencies, and equitable capacity building. This equitable  flow of information ensures these partnerships provide an authentic way to share knowledge and skills that explicitly relate to where they live and/ or work.

 

A key part of this is the ongoing focus on empowerment and capacity building of community organizations. Capacity building enables nonprofit organizations and their leaders to develop competencies and skills that can make them more effective and sustainable, thus increasing their potential to enrich lives and solve society's most intractable problems.

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Asset Mapping for Community
Focused Projects

A strength-based approach to community development, asset mapping focuses on what communities have instead of what it needs. This approach assumes that many solutions to problems already exist in the community. Participants will learn how to engage in asset mapping to solve a specific problem, or to identify associations through which people within communities come together.

In Person & Virtual

2 Hours

Certification of Completion

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Identifying & Requesting Data Deliverables  that work for you

Whether it was getting an audience to care about an issue or communicating research findings to members of your community, it is critical to determine what kinds of deliverable documents you can develop to promote your organization. This can include using infographics, educational videos, conference presentations, publications, or brief reports. Examples and guidelines for developing these documents will be presented. Ways in which to build these into collaboration deliverables will be discussed. 

In Person & Virtual

2 Hours

Certification of Completion

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Qualitative Research Interviewing for Community Professionals

This hands-on workshop provides participants with the methodological tools, and a space for refining qualitative interviewing techniques. Beyond concrete interviewing skills, this works will broaden participants' methodological horizons and improve their understanding of how data collection fits into the overall research design.  Upon completion of this workshop, participants will have gained fundamentals of qualitative interviewing techniques applicable to studies focused on vulnerable and marginalized populations.

In Person & Virtual

6 Hours

Certification of Completion

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Introduction to Grant Language & Logistics for Community Professionals

Where can you search for grants? What are key terminologies that you must understand when writing grants? What is the difference between  grants and other types of agreements such as Cooperative Agreements? This seminar outlines the different types of funders and provides an introduction to the various grant cultures. If you're ready to get up to speed, this will be a crash course on language and structure of grant proposals.

In Person & Virtual

2 hours   
Certification of Completion

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Memos of Understanding: Collaboration Documentation

As an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signals the willingness of two collaborators to move forward with a project. While not legally binding, MOUs can help community organizations clearly outline specific points of an understanding through a description of the project, define its scope, and detail each party's roles and responsibilities. This session will help community organizations draft MOU's for research partnerships and presents examples of MOU's which can be used as models.

In Person & Virtual

2 Hours

Certification of Completion

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Introduction to Qualitative Survey Selection and Development

How organizations can think through the establishment of valid quantitative indicators for evaluation purposes and design indicators that help them move from simple measures of accountability to real measurement of program achievements will be the focus of this session. We will also discuss how surveys are developed for specific populations, and how you can best keep the results applicable to your needs. Participants will gain basic skills in presenting these results in meaningful ways.

In Person & Virtual

3 Hours

Certification of Completion

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Grant Writing 101:
A Primer for Community Organizations

This seminar for small to medium community organizations will help participants learn how to write effective grant proposals and navigate the grant process. Both beginners and experienced grant writers learn to develop ideas into winning proposals, identify potential funders and understand the full proposal development, submission and review process.

In Person & Virtual

6 Hours  
Certification of Completion

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Using Social Media for Edutianment &  Community Engagement

More and more, non traditional media platforms are becoming the primary means through which we get information and gain knowledge about community concerns. Done well, social media messages can help community organizations engage supporters, capturing and retaining their attention. It can also increase awareness of and organization, which may support fundraising efforts. This session will give attendees an overview of what kinds of tools and platforms exist. Also, you will learn how to develop a social media strategy that aligned with goals and target audiences

In Person & Virtual

2 Hours

Certification of Completion

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Planning and Implementing Effective Evaluation Strategies

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In Person & Virtual

2 Hours

Certification of Completion