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This is not your conventional conference – attendees will share their expertise and learn from one another in a series of workshops organized by key developmental stages of a place-based initiative:

  • Early – Planning, assessment and creating a strong foundation
  • Implementation – Ongoing learning and course correction
  • Sustaining – Maintaining momentum and assessing results

Workshops will launch with “Spark” presentations where key members of current place-based initiatives share insights and lessons. Spark presentations will include initiatives like:

Following the spark presentations, there will be small group discussions and share outs with the larger groups.

Download a detailed overview of the convening workshops.

Sunday, October 4

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Welcome Reception at the Hard Rock Hotel – Encore Room
Join us the evening before the convening to meet and network with other participants, members of the Advisory Committee, and the hosts.

Monday, October 5 – At the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

Transportation will be provided to and from the Hard Rock Hotel & The Jacobs Center.
The shuttle will depart from the Hard Rock Hotel promptly at 7:30 am.

8:00 – 9:00 am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking – Celebration Hall

9:00 – 10:00 am – Celebration Hall 

  • Welcome
  • Goals of the convening, life cycle framework, overview of agenda
  • Opening Speaker – Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink and former Director of the Promise Neighborhood Institute.

10:00 – 11:00 am – Opening Session: Place-based Change as Systems Change – Celebration Hall

A discussion where we will define place-based initiatives, expectations for change, and assumptions about systems change, as well as examine requirements for systems change in order to create a common frame of reference to guide subsequent conversations at the convening. 

11:00 – 11:15 am – Break and transition to second session 

11:15 am – 12:45 pm – Second Session: Early Stage – Planning, Assessment and Creating a Strong Foundation for Place-based Work – Breakout Rooms A, B, C

Framing questions: What are key considerations for assessing funder and community readiness in the early phase of place-based initiatives? How does evaluation assess and support community engagement strategies? What evaluative and planning tools are most helpful to provide direction and guidance during early stage work?

Workshop Topics

1. Getting ready and developing a learning agenda

2. Supporting community engagement

3. Building capacity for implementation

12:45 – 1:45 pm – Lunch, report out, networking – Celebration Hall

1:45 – 2:00 pm – Transition to third session

1:45 – 2:00 pm – Third Session: Implementation Stage – Deepening the Work – Breakout Rooms A, B, C

Framing questions: How can evaluation surface and share challenges and promising practices in ways that strengthen implementation? How can evaluation support accountability and responsiveness to community needs? How (and when) do you integrate outcome measures while keeping the evaluation framework flexible and adaptive?

Workshop Topics

1. Strengthening  leadership and governance structures

2. Strengthening collaboration and cross-sector engagement

3. Assessing progress and supporting a learning culture

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Break 

4:00 – 4:45 pm – Report out, reflections and close – Celebration Hall 

5:30 pm – Dine Arounds

Tuesday, October 6 – At the Hard Rock Hotel

8:30 – 9:30 am – Breakfast – The Edge Room 

9:30 – 9:50 am – Second Day Welcome – The Edge Room

9:50 – 10:00 am – Transition to First Session

10:00 – 11:45 am – First Session: Sustaining Change: Maintaining Momentum and Assessing Results – Encore Rooms 1, 2, 3

Framing questions: How can evaluation assess and support the various transitions and phases of place-based work? How can evaluation identify and assess efforts to leverage resources as place-based initiatives mature? What are specific indicators and methods for assessing the impact of place-based work?

Workshop Topics

1. Managing change and transitions

2. Supporting sustainability efforts

3. Connecting community change to systems change

11:45 am – 12:00 pm – Break

12 – 12:20 pm – Session report out – The Edge Room

12:20 – 12:30 pm – Reflections on the convening – The Edge Roon

12:30 om – Closing 
Box lunches provided 

Facilitators: Workshops will be led by a group of leaders in the place-based evaluation field:

  • Hallie Preskill, FSG
  • Sonia Taddy-Sandino, Harder + Company Community Research
  • Audrey Jordan, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Hanh Cao Yu, Social Policy Research Associates
  • David Chavis, Community Science
  • Jewlya Lynn, Spark Policy Research
  • Teri Behrens, Johnson Center/Editor-in-Chief of Foundation Review
  • Rigoberto Rodriguez, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Lori Nascimento, The California Endowment
  • Meg Long, Equal Measure
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