Friday Round-Up, August 9: Danbury, CT; Atlanta, GA, and Fort Wayne, IN.

Friday Round-Up, August 9: Danbury, CT; Atlanta, GA, and Fort Wayne, IN.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Colleagues,

This week's round-up of what is happening on the Ning features new Tell Our Story information and submissions, webinar announcements, an invitation to participate in the expansion of the Results Scorecard pilot project, and an introduction to the newest member of our team. Click through to read more:

  • We continue to have a strong response to Tell Our Story. This week we received Tell Our Story submissions from Danbury, CT, Atlanta, GA, and Fort Wayne, IN. These communities have done a great job chronicling both their progress and their challenges. We encourage you to read and comment on these stories as well as last week's submissions from Council Bluffs, IA and Hillsborough-Tampa, FL. We've heard from several of you who have suggested that you need a bit more time to prepare your submissions. In response to your feedback, we're extending the date for filing your stories to August 30th.

  • The upcoming August webinar is on Thursday, August 22nd at 1 pm EST and 10 am PST. In anticipation of Attendance Awareness Month in September, GLR Network members from Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dubuque, Iowa will talk about their participation and give examples of their planned activities. Also, we plan to highlight community examples from Tell Our Story and will provide an overview of the expansion of the Results Scorecard pilot. Click here to register.

  • The NCSC and communities participating in the current Results Scorecard pilot recently invited additional communities to take part in the pilot. The pilot enables communities to prepare and test the targeted Scorecards, which include a draft set of progress indicators that align with the CSAP Framework and three community solution areas. The tool also enables communities to build capacity in accessing real-time, community-wide data, planning and reviewing strategies, and evaluating program performance. If you wish to learn more, please register for an informational webinar Wednesday, August 14, 1-2 pm, and see this pdf.

  • Finally, please welcome the newest member of our team, Betsy Rubiner. Betsy will manage the soon-to-be-launched Online Community Solutions Accelerator, designed to build on the NING's current functions. Our hope is that her work will lead to greater interactivity and stronger peer learning and networking opportunities within the Network. Betsy has extensive experience as a journalist and as a writer and communications consultant for nonprofit organizations and foundations, mostly focusing on issues affecting disadvantaged children and families.

Warmly, Susanne